Sun, 12 Jan, 2020

Roger Federer hits back at Greta Thunberg’s swipe

Roger Federer hits back at Greta Thunberg’s swipe

Greta Thunberg has added her voice to the mounting criticism against Roger Federer and his partnership with Credit Suisse, Swiss banking giants.

She retweeted a post from 350.org Europe that claims Credit Suisse has given $57 billion to companies that are looking for new fossil fuel deposits and advocated that Federer should drop the partnership.

“Roger Federer do you endorse this?” the tweet reads.

Federer has since issued a statement that addresses his partnership with Credit Suisse.

“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires,” a statement from Federer said.

“As the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions. We owe it to them and ourselves to listen.

“I appreciate reminders of responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I’m committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”

However, Simon Briggs of the UK Telegraph has said that the statement is “non-committal”.

“Federer’s response to Thunberg and company contained plenty of words without making the slightest commitment to changing his relationship with Credit Suisse.”

It’s clear that Credit Suisse intend to keep the partnership with Federer, even after his sporting career is done and dusted.

“For Credit Suisse, Roger Federer is an ideal international ambassador,” the bank said.

“The values it shares with Credit Suisse, such as the quest for excellence and determination, make it a highly sought-after partner for the long term.

“It is therefore expected that this partnership with Credit Suisse will extend beyond his sports career.”

Federer is currently in Australia as he prepares for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year.