Roger Federer is arguably the most popular athlete on the planet not only because of his incredible achievements but also because of his style and character.

The Swiss sensation has conquered the heart of millions of followers all over the world, and he won the ATP Fans’ Favorite award for 16 consecutive years (and counting) since 2003. Even if there are a couple of streets named after him in Biel (canton Bern) and Halle (Germany), the Maestro will probably have not the same honor in his own Basel.

No Roger Federer Arena?

As per SFR news, there is an initiative to rename the St. Jakobshalle in “Roger Federer Arena.” The Swiss sensation won the title in that venue 9 times with the strong support of the local fans, but that stadium will probably never be named after Roger.

The local Councilor Martina Bernasconi is pushing a petition to have the Arena renamed, but they collected just 700 signatures while 3000 are needed.

Bernasconi commented: “It has been more difficult than we imagined it would. I regularly hear the well-known counterarguments: that Federer does not pay any taxes.

Bernasconi had the target to collect the required signatures before the next ATP500 that will be played in Basel by the end of the season. However, that may not happen, “It would be a miracle if the 3,000 firms were ready in three months.” she commented.

This is the perception that some of Roger’s compatriots have after he moved his residence in Dubai years ago.

In the meantime, Roger is getting ready for the upcoming ATP1000 in Cincinnati to bounce back after his heartbreaking loss in the Wimbledon final after he was unable to convert 2 consecutive championship points when he was on serve and after playing a remarkable match.

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Alex, have you done further research to validate your topic; or is it solely based on the quote from Councillor Martina Bernasconi?

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True or not this probably the perception of some people in Switzerland and that it is enough for not endorsing the name change.

Probably it’s a fact that the Councillor said so and also it is a fact that some people have this perception and it’s a fact that this is the problem.

I guess this is the spirit of the the article

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LOL I do not think you have understood what the article was about. It wasn’t about if Federer pays taxes or not in Switzerland, but what people even mistakenly think about Federer. Also not sure that Bernasconi wants to throw any criticism to Roger, she is saying the issue that she is having in endorsing the initiative. Why she should even take aim at Federer? It doesn’t make any sense. This is what happens when people read the news from the phone!

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Federer doesn’t pay taxes in Switzerland? It’s not true!

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It’s normal that people have this perception. Federer moved his residence to Dubai not because he likes the couscous. He moved there because of the taxes using the typical excuse that it is the perfect place to train during the off season. This is what many other players did such as Djokovic, Shapovalov, Auger Aliassime, Dimitrov, Wozniacki, Tsitsipas to name some of those that chose Monte Carlo for the same reasons. In a way I do not think that they should even play the Olympics for their countries. Players such as Murray, Halep, and Nadal were much more loyal to… Read more »

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This is an interesting argument. In fact, I was also thinking that Federer was not paying taxes in Switzerland because of the house in Dubai. There are also threads around about a possible tax evasion (https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/federer-tax-evasion.592560/).

I do not think that the Councilor Bernasconi was spreading fake news, I think she just reported what some people in Basel think. They may be wrong, but this is also the reason why they are not endorsing the initiative.

I hope that they will understand that it is not through and they will support this idea.

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Maybe he has to pay some taxes in Dubai too. But his residence is in Switzerland (Graubünden), he pays taxes in Switzerland.