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Roger Federer in Advanced Talks to Take up Wimbledon TV Role

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The Telegraph recently reported that Roger Federer is likely to remain a fixture at Wimbledon this year with the BBC believed to be close to securing his services for a role in the TV coverage of the tournament this year.

The eight-time champion would be a major get for the channel which is giving their coverage a massive overhaul after the retirement of the iconic Sue Barker. Federer himself had hinted this was a possibility not long after retirement, commenting at the Laver Cup. “Commentating the odd match or giving back in this way, I guess I could imagine it,” he said. “Sometimes you watch matches because of the commentary and less about the match itself.”

Not long before then, he may well have thought of a farewell run at SW19 but the possibility of this occurring soon became unrealistic after realising the impact of the knee surgery needed to fix the issue that plagued him regularly throughout his career.

While the likes of John McEnroe have split themselves between several TV networks for Wimbledon coverage, it is believed that Federer would prefer something a bit calmer with perhaps a daily commentary and the occasional pundit spot seen as the most likely option for the Swiss great.

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Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
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