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Roger Federer cops backlash over message to Alan Jones

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Roger Federer has sparked an angry response from fans after sending a congratulatory message to Alan Jones after he announced his retirement.

Sydney’s top radio broadcaster announced his retirement two weeks ago due to medical advice, with figures across the political divide paying tribute.

Roger Federer and Alan Jones

Jones, 79, made the announcement live on air during his 2GB breakfast radio program.

“I guess after 35 years the full stop has to go in somewhere,” Jones said.

Among the many high-profile figures to send Jones messages of congratulations was tennis legend Federer.

Earlier this week Sky News played a video message from Federer to Jones.

“Alan, it’s Roger here. I wanted to wish you the best for what’s to come and congratulations on an incredible 35-year career in the media,” Federer said in the video.

“Take care of yourself and all the best.”

Jones described the shout-out as “a delightful surprise”.

“I am very overwhelmed by the messages of support prior to my last day on the radio,” he said.

However tennis fans and commentators couldn’t believe Federer had publicly offered his support for Jones after the shock jock’s many controversies over the years.

Jones outraged many with his vitriolic attacks on powerful women, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Opera House chief executive Louise Herron and, most recently, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Advertisers fled the station after Jones suggested Scott Morrison “shove a sock down her (Ms Ardern’s) throat” over her views on climate change in 2019.

ACMA recently announced that Jones’ comments breached decency standards and was made to issue an on-air correction after he made “inaccurate” claims on climate change.

Roger Federer cops backlash over message to Alan Jones

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Yahoo Sport Australia27 May 2020, 4:00 pm
Roger Federer and Alan Jones, pictured here earlier in their careers.
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Roger Federer has sparked an angry response from fans after sending a congratulatory message to Alan Jones after he announced his retirement.

Sydney’s top radio broadcaster announced his retirement two weeks ago due to medical advice, with figures across the political divide paying tribute.

Jones, 79, made the announcement live on air during his 2GB breakfast radio program.

“I guess after 35 years the full stop has to go in somewhere,” Jones said.

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Among the many high-profile figures to send Jones messages of congratulations was tennis legend Federer.

Earlier this week Sky News played a video message from Federer to Jones.

“Alan, it’s Roger here. I wanted to wish you the best for what’s to come and congratulations on an incredible 35-year career in the media,” Federer said in the video.

“Take care of yourself and all the best.”

Jones described the shout-out as “a delightful surprise”.

“I am very overwhelmed by the messages of support prior to my last day on the radio,” he said.

Fans slam Federer over Alan Jones message
However tennis fans and commentators couldn’t believe Federer had publicly offered his support for Jones after the shock jock’s many controversies over the years.

Jones outraged many with his vitriolic attacks on powerful women, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Opera House chief executive Louise Herron and, most recently, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Advertisers fled the station after Jones suggested Scott Morrison “shove a sock down her (Ms Ardern’s) throat” over her views on climate change in 2019.

ACMA recently announced that Jones’ comments breached decency standards and was made to issue an on-air correction after he made “inaccurate” claims on climate change.

ACMA said these included an incorrect assertion that biomass, a renewable, was a fossil fuel and the incorrect presentation of figures relating to Australia and New Zealand’s percentage of energy use from solar and wind.

So Federer’s message to Jones sparked an angry response online.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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