Roger Federer: ‘It was so fun sitting next to Princess Catherine’ at Wimbledon

Roger Federer is enjoying his retirement. He retired last year, just weeks after Serena Williams played her final match in New York. I still love that the two GOATs went out within weeks of each other – they’re the same age, they came up at the same time, and they are two of the biggest stars tennis will ever see. Roger has spent his first retirement year traveling, hanging out on stage with Coldplay, developing a new fashion line with his sponsor Uniqlo, and visiting Wimbledon for a special Royal Box honor last month. Roger was asked to come to Wimbledon and sit in the Royal Box with the Princess of Wales (and his family). Afterwards, all people could talk about was how much Cauliflower Kate flirted with Roger, how they would make a good couple (??) and how Roger’s wife Mirka looked “over” Roger and Kate’s flirty energy. Well, Rog was in NYC this week to promote his new fashion line, and he chatted with the NY Times about retirement, fashion and “Princess Catherine.” Oh, lord.

His retirement: “I always feel like I’ve reached a high point, and then it keeps going. Life without the game, and life without the fans, and life without the schedule that has dominated my life for 25 years has definitely been something I didn’t know how I would take. For the longest time I tried to come back and give it one more shot and leave the game healthy, but it was not doable. But the good/bad thing about Covid, and with my knee surgery, is that everything started to slow down in the past three years, so it wasn’t like I came from playing 100 matches and then boom, it’s over. At the end I was relieved, I think, and happy to retire. It ended in the most perfect way at the Laver Cup. I was surrounded by my biggest rivals, and my family was there and my friends. For me it felt like, “OK, I’m good now. I don’t need to chase that itch anymore.”

What it was like to come back to Wimbledon & sit in the Royal Box: “Last year I walked out on Centre Court for the 100-year anniversary celebration. It was beautiful but painful. I was injured. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play again, so it was a very emotional moment. But this year was totally different. My dad whispered to me, “Don’t you wish you were playing on court instead of sitting and watching?” and I was like, “No. I feel content watching and enjoying the game.” It was so fun sitting next to Princess Catherine. I know her quite well. She is an avid tennis fan, and she plays herself. Sometimes we have to be careful we don’t speak too much. You can talk, and then it’s super-quiet, and then you have to applaud.

Eating burgers in NYC & the buzz in the city: “I’ve always been strict and serious about being a professional athlete, but I would eat burgers, I would eat desserts, I would have a glass of wine. For me having a burger was nothing out of the ordinary, but this one was perfect looking, so I had to post a picture of it. I was so busy when I came for the Met Gala. I feel the buzz is back.

[From The NY Times]

True story about the 2022 Wimbledon centenary event on Center Court: I am still shocked that the royal patron of Wimbledon skipped it entirely. Kate just… didn’t go. It was this huge moment for the tournament, they brought back so many of their former champions, including Roger, and Kate didn’t give a sh-t. As for Roger referring to her as “Princess Catherine” – I’m sure she loves that. I doubt Mirka loves it, which is probably why Roger says “Sometimes we have to be careful we don’t speak too much.” Because Kate was trying to get in his face the whole time.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Kate certainly looked like she was having more fun with Roger than she has with her own husband – which is a problem because it just emphasizes how bad their relationship is. I think its partly why both kids were brought to the championship this year – more distance between W&K, less opportunity for people to compare Kate’s interactions with Roger and her interactions with her husband.

    And yeah I can’t believe she skipped that ceremony last year. She really does avoid work as much as possible, doesnt she?

    • Nic919 says:

      Also was Roger going to say anything negative? It’s clear Mirka was not comfortable with Kate being aggressive but she could not do much either. Kate doesn’t seem to realize that people are only nice to her because of her position. In other circumstances she would not have gotten away with the excessive flirting.

      And it is obvious that she and William have major issues. That she can’t interact with him with a fraction of the animation she used on Roger shows how bad it is.

  2. Tessa says:

    He has a wonderful wife . He should praise her publicly instead of keen.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Oh, Roger has always praised his wife publicly even when the tennis establishment attacked her.

      • Smile says:

        Yes – Roger always has huge praise for his wife.

      • Tessa says:

        That’s great.good for him. Keen does not deserve any praise. Keen should have made a point of being nice to Mrs Federer but not.surprised she didn’t considering how she has no close women friends.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Tessa: You could hardly expect Roger to badmouth Kate in the press. I don’t know what the relationship between Mirka and Kate. I suspect that she’s closer to Pippa than Kate.

      • Deering24 says:

        Amy Bee–when did the tennis establishment attack Ms. Federer? And why? Very strange…

  3. aquarius64 says:

    Still cleaning up the optics of Kate getting too friendly with Federer while his wife is near by.

    • Sugarhere says:

      Federer’s wife is the embodiment of conjugal intelligence. Her whole demeanor while the undersexed Barbie was oggling and whispering in direction of her husband seemed like, “I won’t even stare, because she can’t compare.”

      I really look up to Mrs Federer’s self-assertiveness, composure, and sense of self-worth, because I can tell you if some woman starts wriggling her throne-maladjusted behind and giggling like a village imbecile in front of my hubby, I would say something like, ” Bissssch, see you outside. ”

      #We do NOT condone violence#

  4. girl_ninja says:

    I’m sure Cathy is so much fun, especially when she’s downed a couple of Jack n’ Cokes.

  5. Seraphina says:

    It was fun, yet not interesting or intellectually stimulating. Fun is a good word for Kate – it’s simple, three letters and one syllable.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @serapphina , yes! That was my take as well “fun” %, not knowledgeable, not interesting as such, just “fun”, but, tell us Roger, would your wife agree, and was it “fun” cleaning all Kates saliva of your arm, where she was slobbering all over you??

      • Becks1 says:

        I also took away from that comment that it was fun to sit in the royal box – as opposed to competing – that he enjoyed spectating more than he had maybe anticipated.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Being a ‘fun’ good time girl was what got her into Peggy’s circle to begin with – she’s a case study is immaturity.

  6. Andrea says:

    She had too much Adderall, couldn’t STFU.

  7. What a kind thing to say about the simpleton sitting next to him.

    • Evev says:

      @Susan Collins
      Lmao. That’s the probably the only positive thing he could think to say

  8. Vanessa says:

    Kate Behavior was embarrassing and disrespected towards Rogers wife and it’s clearly Kate gave Zero Fs that his wife was there and she openly lusting after Rogers . Once again Kate proves she not a real woman she a insecure pick me woman who has to have competition with any woman who she comes into contact with . In Kate desperate thirsty behavior all it did was have people asked questions about the Wales marriage if kate was so happy and in love with William why would she behave in that way .

  9. Amy Bee says:

    I saw a royalist cooing about this. Whatever, Roger has never had the greatest friends so I’m not surprised that he likes Kate. Plus, Kate is not going to show her true self to Roger.

    • Lady Digby says:

      The Mean Girl was on full display here as she attempted to monopolize Roger despite the presence of his wife. Somewhat on twitter commented how annoyed they were that someone as talentless and vacuous as her gets to hand out Wimbledon prizes!

    • Nic919 says:

      Derangers are so dumb because it looks bad that kate is most animated and “fun” when she’s not with her husband. And Roger is weeks later still trying to provide an explanation for her behaviour.

      If you watched the beginning prior to Rogers entrance in the royal box, kate was icing Mirka and not talking to her at all. She was mean girl until Roger showed up and then got all bubbly. Really pathetic. And then days later she’s barely looking at William. Couldn’t be more obvious.

      • Evev says:

        Wow, I didn’t see that part of the footage. I don’t know why I’m even surprised, Kate has shown many times she doesn’t care about being blatantly disrespectful in front of the whole world. The way people were gushing about how cute it was that they/Kate were flirting and how cute a couple they would make is disgusting and I would have been so pissed if I was Mirka! The audacity to act like Meghan was such a jezebel because she was an actress and Kate was this prim English rose would be laughable if it wasn’t so infuriating!!

  10. LisaT says:

    “Sometimes we have to be careful we don’t speak too much.”

    Lol. That is about tennis etiquette. The royal box is at the baseline of Centre Court.

  11. Jaded says:

    Looking at the photos, Mirka’s face says it all. A dignified smile with a soupçon of derision as if she’s thinking “Imma be polite with you but you really are a self-obsessed, man-crazy adolescent aren’t you…”

  12. Libra says:

    She’s always been a flirt. Witness her cozying up to Harry when he said he didn’t really know her that well.

  13. Jay says:

    Let’s start with the superficial: the cropped photo made me think for a moment that Kate had finally chopped off the full head of bratz-doll extensions and gone back to a bob. Alas.

    In terms of content, though, why does retired Roger Federer have so much more going on than supposedly full-time senior royal Catherine? Inquiring minds want to know!

  14. kelleybelle says:

    “Gag me,” said the Valley Girl Such rot. I’m sorry but I will never consider her Princess Catherine. She’s Kate Middleton. And I think I see fresh botox. In that first photo she barely looks like herself. It is changing her face so there is quite a bit of it I think.

    You can see the “invisible contract” is in place. They’ve purposely hidden her bony chest in every shot … you can count her ribs normally.

  15. Over it says:

    I am on team Mirka. Keen buttons kate and Roger should both grow up . He should have been more respectful of his wife . Kate should remember she has a husband and go look for chat from him . Do better Roger . I don’t expect any better from Kate because after all this is a woman that makes another woman wedding all about her and then spreads lies that the woman made her cry when it was infact the other way around.

    • Jaded says:

      What?? Roger did nothing wrong, and he clearly and openly adores his wife. He was a guest in a royal box and behaved accordingly. He’s been polite, congenial and puts up with Kate’s nonsense in the best way, with a smile on his face and a respectful compliment for her. SMH…

    • Nic919 says:

      There are other photos of Roger looking awkward and talking to his wife. I think he was stuck dealing with Kate’s desperate flirting. Even some of the people sitting around them were giving her side eye, including Roger’s mother.

      Kate was like a cougar in heat who hadn’t been with an affectionate man in years and didn’t know how to behave with decency in front of the man’s wife.

      She pulled the same stuff on Harry pre Meghan to the point where there were articles written about it and Harry started to be more distant. Harry like Roger were simply being polite in a social sense, but Kate thinks that means go time for super flirting.

  16. Beverley says:

    Kkkhate made a fool of herself (and Pegs) that day. Pity that Roger gets stuck doing damage control. Can’t help but wonder what punishment Pegs is cooking up for her shameless display.

  17. Iz_Q says:

    I think Kate does this all the time. If you look at recent photos of her with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary at the coronation reception and the Jordan wedding all the photos show Kate focused on Frederik. She is never looking or interacting with Mary. She wants the male attention and snubs the female.

    • Nic919 says:

      She did it with Harry too. There are some photos of her looking at Harry pre Meghan like she wants to mount him. And William is right there.

  18. AC says:

    That’s what one can expect of Kate who has a successful career experience for chasing (wealthy) men. And what can Rodger say, it’s obvious through his Actions he was a little uncomfortable esp that the British media and Kate was portraying his own wife as a 3rd wheel.

  19. Unblinkered says:

    Looking at it, I’d say both Roger and his wife were uncomfortable with KM’s antics that day. Mirka Federer would have been well aware that KM has issues, and I would imagine they’re both kindly towards her.

    • Nic919 says:

      Roger’s mother was also giving Kate a side eye, so it’s obvious she’s was acting inappropriately.

  20. jferber says:

    Yeah, Khate is that awful bitch who will try to steal your man as you’re standing right next to him. She embarrasses herself and the English monarchy (although they do a great job doing that all by themselves). Viper/gold digger Khate.