STARNBERG, March 21, 2020
Roger Federer has not spoken since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Now he did. Challenged by the Swiss Minister of the Interior, Alain Berset, the World No. 4 posted a story on Instagram to talk about COVID-19 and encouraged his community to be careful.
“I’m also staying home, and I haven’t been shaking anybody’s hands for quite some time now,” Federer said in Swiss-German.
“I wash my hands very frequently as we’re supposed to. I believe helping each other is more important now than ever, especially because we want to help the older generation.
“They’re the ones at highest risk, and we need to help them by keeping a distance of two metres and not shake hands.
“It’s really important to take these rules seriously. Very very seriously.
“Eventually, we could all be in quarantine and not be able to leave the house anymore, so I really hope all of us take it very seriously.”
— Scarlett♡RF (@Scarlett_Li) March 20, 2020
The Swiss Maestro underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on 19 February and withdrew from Dubai as well as the following ATP Masters 1000 clay-court events in Rome and Madrid.
For all those who were waiting for a reaction from Federer regarding the postponement of Roland-Garros, will still have to wait. The French Open, moved back from its May start and instead preparing for it to run from September 20 to October 4, are scheduled to clash with the Swiss’ Laver Cup.