The Swiss tennis ace has received many honours during his professional playing career, but none are quite as unusual as the honour recently bestowed upon him by the small town of Halle, Germany. Halle’s city fathers have renamed one of streets leading to the town’s well-known tennis stadium Roger-Federer-Allee in recognition of the world No.3’s long commitment to playing in its tournament.
The town is home to the Gerry Weber Open, a grass-court tournament that is often used by elite players as a warm up for Wimbledon. Federer has been a regular player in the tournament, winning the event a total of five times – most recently in 2008 – despite lucrative offers to play in London’s rival Queen’s tournament. Officials in the town regard the 16-time Grand Slam winner as the best ambassador for the tournament, and this unique honour is fitting tribute to his repeat success.
Federer, who is said to be “extremely humbled” by this “amazing honour” will this year be joined in the German tournament by the Spaniard Nadal and the current world No.1 player Djokovic, making the event a real highlight in the tournament calendar.