Roger Federer slammed Conor McGregor for his UFC antics as well as Serena Williams for her outburst at the US open. The 41-year-old saw Serena Williams as she called out the umpire, Carlos Ramos a “liar” and “thief”. This happened during the women’s final of the US Open, where Williams was facing Naomi Osaka.
Osaka won the title, in straight sets, to become the first Japanese champion in a Grand Slam; However, her victory was overshadowed by Williams’ outburst. Federer said, “It’s a melange of all things, but at some point, I feel like Serena should have walked away,”
Roger Federer on facing Serena Williams at the @hopmancup:
"Thankfully I'm not playing her in singles."
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) December 28, 2018
He added, “She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier. It’s a little bit excusable.”
“The umpire should not have pushed her there. It’s unfortunate, but an incredible case study.”
“Anything that’s good for society and gets the ball rolling, I’m all for it.”
Federer Brought up the UFC 223 Backstage Incident
“We do so well in tennis; our sport is so well behaved. You see the UFC guy (Conor McGregor) throw a railing, or in other sports, they spit and swear at each other on a regular basis.”, he further added. Here Federer is referring to the time when McGregor threw a Dolly at a bus carrying fighters. The assault was targeted at Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was sitting on the bus.
— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2018
This incident leads to the pair squaring off at UFC 229. This event turned out to be the biggest PPV show in the UFC, with over 2 million buys. “I dove into the situation with Serena on so many levels, to understand the umpire, Osaka, Serena, the crowd.”
His Transition in Behaviour
Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of this era. A part of his greatness is also attestant to his behavior shift in the later part of his career.
Federer started off as a brash and unruly player on and off the court; however, towards the end he became a comparatively more relaxed player.