It opened a controversy. Former doubles star Rennae Stubbs, who was No. 1 in the specialty and won four Grand Slams, said tennis does not need Roger Federer after becoming embroiled in a social media dispute over the importance of the Swiss star to him. sport.
The Australian enjoyed an excellent career on the doubles circuit, winning six Grand Slam titles, with those four in women’s doubles and two more in the mixed. And she lit a flame of discord with her statements, beyond the value she gives the Swiss, but does not consider it vital for the circuit.
In response to a suggestion on Twitter, that Federer’s absence due to injury delayed the return of tennis after the coronavirus pandemic, Stubbs angrily rejected such a claim: “Do you think Madrid needs Roger to make money? Do you think the Canadian Open needs Roger to win more? The same Monte Carlo, Wimbledon, Cincinnati … “.
“A lot of those tournaments hadn’t had Roger before and they went ahead and were good. I know how important and influential he and other figures are, but there is no way they are that important, “the Australian remarked.
Despite his insistence that tennis can function well without Federer, at the same time Stubbs left a clear impression: “Federer has done more for the popularity of tennis than almost anyone in history, we should be grateful for him and his longevity, I am yes. I am also grateful for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. “