Legendary Tennis star Roger Federer has apologised for his involvement in the bitter rivalry between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans. Federer was pictured admiring the blue shirt of World Cup champions India in a marketing photo-shoot with “Dressing up for the Men in Blue today” as the caption. It made his fans in Pakistan furious. This evident by a poll conducted by Express Tribune, as per which ten out of 12 Pakistanis apparently felt hurt or betrayed by the Swiss maestro.
Federer later revealed that it was done for Nike, his official partner who are also the sponsor for the Indian team. He also later clarified that his favourite team is South Africa. His mother Lynette is from South Africa and the Roger Federer Foundation has raised large sums to help disadvantaged children in the country.
It was more of a Nike thing to be quite honest. It was a Nike campaign they had because I met some of the Indian players and I had just spent some time in India so they presented the shirt to me. I support South Africa, and everybody knows that. The idea wasn’t to spark any fire and I’m sorry if it did that.
Further, Federer also clarified he supported the Indian team a little bit. When asked whether he is following the World Cup or not, Federer replied, really depends where you are. When I’m in America definitely not. When I’m in Europe definitely not. But then when I’m in Australia and here in the UAE a little bit sometimes. So it really depends where I am in the world which sport I follow.