Having played a sport that you love for so long and representing your own country worldwide is a chance not many get. Roger Federer has delivered 100% and made his country so proud. Even after that, there seems to be some critical behavior on the Swiss public regarding the St. Jakobshalle to Roger Federer Arena.
The committee submitted the signatures of those who want a Roger Federer arena on Monday, but the response was underwhelming. They chose the day of handover on purpose because the Swiss Indoors originally started on the 19th.
The “Roger Federer Arena now” Initiative launched last March. By December 4, the requirement of 3,000 signature collections was there. However, on Monday, the initiators announced the signature collection’s cancellation, as 1,800 signatures were still missing. But, two of the initiators still hope that their request would be met.
“It Would Be An Absolutely Incredible Honor For Me”: Roger Federer
According to the initiators, the collection of signatures was slower than the requirement from the start. For that reason, a large collection campaign was planned in February, but it could not be carried out afterward due to the coronavirus crisis. Moreover, there was an astonishing amount of criticism in the population and politics.
It is difficult to understand why anybody would “think differently instead of being proud.” On Monday, the initiative committee once again addressed some prejudices surrounding the initiative.
“I would be very happy. It would be an absolutely incredible honor for me. I see what it means to Rod Laver or Roy Emerson when you can have a stadium named after you and experience it. “, the 20-time grand slam champion said in Miami the last March.
Naming the arena after him will not be Federer’s first honor in his country. In 2017, the University of Basel awarded the 39-year-old international star an honorary doctorate. Moreover, around 90 kilometers from Basel, there has been a Roger Federer Allee in Biel since 2016.
Though it is unlikely that a street or a square in Basel has Roger’s name, according to custom, this type of honoring of personalities doesn’t take place during their lifetime, but only posthumously.