Federer, 38, has declared his “respect and admiration” for Greta Thunberg’s environmental protest movement after she criticised him for his tenuous links to the fossil fuel industry. Climate campaigners are pressing the former world No 1 to drop his association with Credit Suisse, which has been accused of investing more than £45 billion in firms linked to the oil, gas and coal sectors since 2016. A message she forwarded to her 3.9 million Twitter followers urged Federer to abandon his deal with the bank, using the slogan “#WakeUpNowRoger”. The tennis player seems to have been enough of an old hand to recognise a lost cause when he saw one. Three days later, he issued a statement insisting that he was on the same side as the protesters.
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