In fact, his very first appearance at the All England Club began with embarrassment as a young, inexperienced, and nervous Federer made an umpire check a net because he thought it was too high.
"I remember going on court and as I am warming up I felt that the net is really high, something was wrong," Federer said, according to TennisWorldUSA.
Federer, 16 at the time, was set to compete a first round junior event in 1998 and spoke to the umpire to make sure the net was the right height — something he later regretted, and put down to pre-match jitters.
"So I go to the umpire and I ask him, 'Did you check the net? The height is right?' Because I feel like it's so high, and he goes, 'Yeah… I checked. It's right.' I am like, 'I'm sorry, can you check it again?' And then, he does me the favour. He goes and checks again the height of the net and he says 'It's correct, I am sorry.'"
Federer remembers thinking the height was the size of a "volleyball net". He said: "Of course it's correct, it's Wimbledon. You think they would mess it up?
"But I guess I was so nervous that I felt like I was playing over a volleyball net. Anyway, I ended up winning that match and everything was okay afterwards. But I think I had a bit of those big nerves. Going into my first Wimbledon, per se."
That is not Federer's only embarrassing mistake at Wimbledon, as the Swiss veteran also put his trousers on the wrong way around for an official tennis event in 2007. There is even photographic evidence — and it still haunts him to this day.
As an eight-time Wimbledon champion, though, Federer's many successes far outweigh his few epic fails.
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