The holder of 19 Grand Slams, Roger Federer, can now add the title of doctor in his extensive list of achievements after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
The 36-year-old tennis star, who was born in Basel, was presented with the award at his home university’s 557th Dies Academicus ceremony by the faculty of medicine on Friday.
The University of Basel explained that it acknowledged Federer as a role model athlete who had affected so many lives by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The university stated that Federer deserved the award for “increasing the international reputation of Basel and Switzerland, as well as for his function as a role model athlete, who encourages many people around the world to be physically more active and thus contributes to the promotion of health.”
— University of Basel (@UniBasel_en) 24 November 2017
The Swiss player runs the “Roger Federer Foundation” in South Africa that supports more than 300,000 children. His charitable work was highlighted and praised by the university. Federer’s mother Lynette Federer belongs from South Africa, which explains his special affinity for the country.
Federer was unable to attend the ceremony in person, however, the world number two tennis player expressed his appreciation in a video recording, saying that the honorary doctorate made him “just as happy as a Grand Slam title.”
Along with Federer, seven other outstanding members of the society were awarded the honorary doctorates at the ceremony on Friday. The other honored recipients included the president of the Swiss National Bank, Thomas Jordan and musician Andrew Bond who writes and sings songs for children.
This is not the only recognition that Dr. Federer has received this month. He welcomed three awards in the 2017 ATP World Tour Awards and was ranked number two in the ATP Rankings.
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