The municipal initiative to rename one of the main sports halls in Basel, the hometown of the successful tennis player, as ‘Roger Federer Arena’, has failed as it failed to gather the necessary signatures, local press reported.
The promoters of the initiative, which was launched in March last year, needed 3,000 signatures to get it to go ahead, but the campaign ended this Monday with only 1,200 subscriptions, after a few months in which it has been difficult to celebrate this type actions due to the pandemic.
The sports hall they wanted to rename, currently called Sankt Jakobshalle and located in Münchenstein (southern suburbs of Basel) has a capacity for about 10,000 people and was opened in 1976.
The pavilion has hosted for several years the Swiss indoor tournament that Federer himself has won ten times.
The former world number one, champion of twenty Grand Slam tournaments, has been repeatedly honored by his hometown, for example with an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel.
The city on the Rhine can only grant street names posthumously, but another nearby town, Biena (where the tennis player completed part of his sports training as a young man) has renamed a local alley with the name of the Swiss champion. EFE (HN).