Federer May Get Big Payout From BBC For Wimbledon Role After Barker Hint
Roger Federer could become one of the highest-paid names on the BBC if he joins the Wimbledon pundits after his retirement. The Swiss suggested it several weeks ago and former BBC presenter Sue Barker backed up his claims with a new suggestion that he could soon be seen at SW19.
During his playing days, Federer was a fan favorite at Wimbledon, where he amassed eight of his 20 Grand Slam titles during a glittering career. However, injuries have crippled him in recent years, and the Laver Cup in London last month proved to be his emotional farewell tournament.
The 41-year-old later admitted that working in the media was a growing possibility in the future. “I always thought that I would never side with the journalist or that comments would never be a thing for me, but six months ago I was thinking, ‘Oh, you know what? Commenting on some weird match or giving back like this. If I guess I could imagine it like that. time”, added.
“I can’t even believe I’m saying that, we’ll see what happens. It’s just a way to be close to matches, players and people.”
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According to SunBarker, who vacated her own prestigious BBC post as Wimbledon presenter this year, dropped a new hint during her one-woman theater show that Federer could soon join the pundits.
Doing so would likely net him an extraordinary pay package, given that he remains one of the biggest names in tennis. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Federer’s fortune at just under £500 millionsuggesting that it would take quite a bit of money to get their attention.
Luring Federer would surely see him usurp John McEnroe and Tim Henman as two of the biggest winners within the BBC’s ranks of tennis pundits. McEnroe, who has won seven Grand Slam titles including three at Wimbledon, is believed to be depositing up to £200,000 anywhere for his work at SW19, while former British No. 1 Henman was reported by The Daily Mail pocket the same amount more than a decade ago.
It remains to be seen if Federer gives way to the pundits and if the BBC would be willing to fork out their services. The beloved figure won his last Wimbledon title in 2017, 14 years after his first with numerous epic battles against Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray along the way.
The former World No. 1 received a huge send-off at the Laver Cup in September, despite the fact that the Europe team came out on the losing side. Federer’s last match was also a loss as he and Nadal lost to Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock in a blockbuster three sets.
“We want the result to be [have been] different,” he said. “I told Andy [Murray] in the locker room, I don’t like to lose. It’s not fun. It just doesn’t leave the best aftertaste, you know. I think once you’ve been there and tasted success, it’s not the same anymore.”
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