Federer recalls being denied entry to Wimbledon by security despite being eight time champion

Roger Federer revealed an instance at Wimbledon when he was denied entry by security despite being an 8x champion of the event.

Federer made an appearance on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah in New York and he talked about his retirement, plans and many other things. He recently visited Wimbledon because he was in London and had time to kill but he was not allowed to enter initially:

“The doctor’s appointment was done and I had two hours to kill, so I said let’s go to Wimbledon for tea. I drive up to the gate where usually guests would come in. So I get out, and I tell my coach who was with me, ‘I’ll quickly go out and speak to the security lady. I got this’. “then I get out and I’m like, ‘Hello I was wondering how I could get into Wimbledon?’ Where is the door, where is the gate. She asked if I had a membership card."

Generally, all previous Wimbledon champions are awarded automatic membership but it didn't go so smoothly for Federer:

“When you win Wimbledon, you become a member automatically. And honestly, I don’t know about membership cards, they are probably at home somewhere and I’ve just been travelling so I had no idea. I told her, ‘No I don’t have my membership card [with me], but I am a member. I’m just wondering where I can get in’. I’m like, ‘No, I am a member and normally when I’m here, I’m playing. There is loads of people and I come in a different way. Now it’s the first time the tournament is not on and I’m here’. How do I get in?”

He concluded the story by admiting he needed to go to the front door:

"They asked me for my membership card again, but I said they didn’t have it and they just said, ‘Of course Mr Federer, come in’.”

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