Wimbledon will honor Roger Federer’s achievements with a special ceremony on Centre Court on Tuesday, the second day of the championships.
The Swiss eight-time champion, who announced his retirement in September, will be honored before the start of play by visiting the sites of some of his biggest triumphs.
“I’m pleased to say that Roger will be with us tomorrow, and we will have a special celebratory moment on Centre Court before play starts just to honour him as the man holding the most gentlemen’s singles titles here at Wimbledon,” All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton said on Monday.
She continued, “We’ll have a moment just to celebrate his accomplishments and say thank you for everything.”
Federer, 41, has generally avoided tennis since bowing out in tearful moments at the Laver Cup in London, but he was similarly honored last month at the grass-court event in Halle, Germany.
Serena Williams, 41, who had withdrawn from the US Open a few weeks previously, had also been invited to Wimbledon but was unable to attend.
“We invited Serena similarly this year, but as you know, she’s pregnant and couldn’t travel,” explained Bolton.
“Of course, we wish her the best of luck with the remainder of her pregnancy, and we hope to see her again next year.”
Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to break Roger Federer’s men’s record of eight singles titles at Wimbledon this year and win his 24th Grand Slam.