Halle - The small German town of Halle, known around the world for
the grass court tennis event dominated by Roger Federer, has paid
tribute to its biggest ambassador by naming a street after the 16-times
Grand Slam champion.
The road leading to the tournament stadium has been renamed after the Swiss, who has won the Halle title five times.
was this personal commitment to us and the fact that he is highly
respected the world over that led us to consider how we could honour
him," tournament director Ralf Weber said on Tuesday.
30, has used the event in the sleepy Westphalia town for more than a
decade to prepare for Wimbledon. Most of his top rivals opted in the
past to play the event at Queen's in London.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and world No 2 Rafael Nadal are set to join Federer at this year's tournament.