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Roger Federer set to hitch BBC commentary staff for Wimbledon



Just lately retired tennis icon Roger Federer is reportedly near becoming a member of the BBC’s commentary staff for Wimbledon this July.

Federer introduced his retirement from skilled tennis final September after 24 years on the lads’s tour.

In accordance with the UK Telegraph’s tennis correspondent Simon Briggs, “talks are at a complicated stage” to get Federer on board because the BBC seems to be to revamp its house broadcast of the grass-court main.

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To finance the deal, Briggs envisaged Federer “doubling up” between BBC and ESPN – alternating every day between commentating a match for one community earlier than participating in a punditry look on the opposite.

“Two completely different employers would assist to cowl Federer’s prices, which – for a person who used to command no less than $1m per day for an exhibition occasion – are more likely to be substantial,” he wrote.

Talking forward of his ultimate match at a Laver Cup occasion in London, Federer voiced his need to presumably return to tennis in a commentary position someday down the observe.

“I by no means thought I might say this,” he instructed reporters.

“However six months in the past, I all of a sudden thought [about] commentating on tennis sometime. Who is aware of.

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“Though I at all times mentioned I might by no means try this. However to commentate on some matches at Wimbledon…

“Commentating the odd match or giving again on this manner, I assume I might think about it. Generally you watch matches due to the commentary and fewer in regards to the match itself.”

The BBC was closely criticised final yr after it tried to reinvigorate its conventional protection of Wimbledon.

Whereas the inclusion of Federer will strengthen its lineup, English sports activities commentators Clare Balding and Isa Guha are additionally tipped to hitch the protection after former skilled tennis participant and long-standing presenter Sue Barker introduced her retirement final yr.

The final time Roger Federer visited SW19, his plans have been thwarted by an keen safety guard who denied the Swiss grasp entry as he was unable to supply his membership card.

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