Roger Federer confirms future plans for Wimbledon as he arrives on Centre Court

Roger Federer appeared on Centre Court for Wimbledon's centenary celebrations on Sunday afternoon and delighted the crowd by announcing his intention to play at the historic tournament for one final time in 2023.

The 40-year-old, who is a 20 time Grand Slam winner, has won eight singles titles at the All England Club from 22 attempts – most recently back in 2017.

Federer stood alongside long-time rival Novak Djokovic while speaking to John McEnroe during the festivities on Sunday, with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray also in attendance.

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Federer said: "I've been lucky enough to play a lot of matches on this court. It feels awkward to be here today in a different type of role.

"It's great to be here with all the other champions. This court has given me my biggest wins and my biggest losses.

"I hope I can come back one more time.

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"I've missed it here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead. I maybe didn't think it was going to take this long to come back – the knee has been rough on me.

"It's been a good year regardless of tennis. We're happy at home. I didn't know if I should make the trip but I'm happy standing here right now."

McEnroe, who won the singles title at tournament on three occasions, then credited Billie Jean King for doing more for tennis than anyone else.

There was also time for songs from both Cliff Richard and Freya Ridings, with another tribute paid to retiring BBC presenter Sue Barker – a former semi-finalist.

Barker broke down in tears during the message as she got a standing ovation from supporters – before she jokingly told off McEnroe for going off script.


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