17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is holding a celebratory charity event at Melbourne Park next month to mark the 10th anniversary of his charity foundation and first Australian Open triumph. The Swiss has also revealed that he will be honouring his idol Rod Laver at the special event.
While he refused to share the details regarding Laver’s involvement, Federer shared several emotional moments with legendary player at the very same venue over the years and believed it served as a fit time and location to pay tribute to his idol.
“The stadium is named after him after all and he’s a legend of our game,” Federer said. “I love the history of our game because they have paved the way for us in such a big way that tends to be forgotten. I always like to get former legends and greats and icons back involved in the game and particularly Rod because he has achieved things that will never be achieved again. It’s nice that he is respected and appreciated and that he is willing to participate in our event.
How? You’ll find out because it’s built from a little secret and I just think it’s wonderful that I have this opportunity because he really is a person that I admire a lot.”
Federer launched his charity foundation on Christmas Day, 2003 with the intention of helping impoverished children in Southern Africa. Now, a decade later, the organization has grown to help 80,000 children annually.
“And the goal is for 2018 to be supporting one million kids,” Federer said. “Education is not something you can take away.”