Federer has street named after him as Swiss star dismisses retirement


Switzerland has honoured one of its favourite sons, 17-time grand-slam champion Roger Federer, with his own street in Biel.

The Swiss Tennis Centre at the Tissot Arena, which will open in 2017, and the Champs-de-Boujean will be connected by the 'Allee Roger Federer' following an inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

Former world number one Federer - now third in the ATP rankings - trained as a junior in the region.

"I am very moved. I never thought I would see a street named after me," Federer said via swissinfo.ch.

"I hope that we will see future champions on the Allee Roger Federer. Thanks a million."

It is not the first time Federer has had a street named in his honour after the German city of Halle unveiled 'Roger-Federer-Allee' in 2012, having won the Gerry Weber Open five times at that point.

Federer has since won three titles on the Halle grass courts and the 34-year-old has no plans to slow down or retire.

This season, Federer boasts a 10-3 win-loss record, though he is still seeking his first victory having lost to Milos Raonic in his one and only 2016 final at the Brisbane International.

"I know that I can't play forever, that's normal, and ever since my twins were born seven years ago, I began to question my future. However, my body is feeling good and my family supports me a great deal and are happy to travel the world with me," Federer told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"When my body doesn't hold up any longer and I'm tired when I'm at home, I'll stop. However, I don't think that will happen any time soon.

"I still really enjoy playing, so you will see me for a few years."