After celebrating with his friends and family until 5am, a weary but beaming Roger Federer returned to the All England Club at 10am on Monday morning to spend another 90 minutes talking to the media.
The Swiss star had spent two and a half hours in press on Sunday, following his straight-sets win over Marin Cilic that earned him a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon crown and 19th Grand Slam championship.
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After a 20-minute press conference in English and Swiss German, the 35-year-old Federer conducted six TV interviews on the competitors’ lawn, including live crosses with BBC and NBC, before returning to Centre Court for a photo with the AELTC staff, keeping his trophy close by at all times.
“My head’s ringing, I don’t know what I did last night. I drank too many different types of drinks I guess!” joked Federer in his press conference. “After the ball we went to a bar and there was about 30 or 40 of my friends there. We had a great time. I got to bed at 5am, woke up and didn’t feel good! The last hour, finally, I’m feeling somewhat OK again. But we had a good time,” smiled the Swiss.
Federer also confirmed he did not have the opportunity to dance with women’s singles champion, Garbine Muguruza, at the Champions’ Ball after she had proposed it on Twitter. “There was no music,” laughed the Basel native. “It was a great dinner, but we arrived so late. There’s so much press to do that by the time I got there they were already on the main course. I was happy to be there again, it never grows old.
“The occasion [to dance with Muguruza] never really came. We were up on stage, but there was no music so it’s hard to get going! It was more just a photo shoot.”