Wimbledon chiefs are considering parachuting Roger Federer on to Centre Court to face Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
The All-England club has taken this unprecedented step, in what is a dramatic last-ditch attempt to prevent the Serbian superstar equaling Federer’s eight Wimbledon titles.
“It’s been a year of change at SW19,” a spokesperson told Paddy Power News.
“We’re all still reeling from the fact that Roger and Rafa are no longer out there playing and after Andy Murray got knocked out in round two, none of us wants Djokovic to reach Roger’s milestone.
“It’s bad enough not having Sue Barker around any more, Novak winning on Sunday would be the final straw.”
Paddy Power News understands that the LTA are also considering giving Federer a two-sets start as he’s not played much tennis in the past 12 months and turning Henman Hill into Federer Furrow for one day only.
Federer is understood to be “shocked, but excited” by the news and ready to take up the challenge should it be offered.
“Rog will be ready, trust me,” a close pal told us. “Despite being none too fast on his feet these days. He’s been knocking up on the practice courts on a mobility scooter.
“He’s even cancelled an appearance on stage with Coldplay at the O2 on Saturday night to step in.”
“One way or another, he will be there on Centre Court knowing the world will be supporting him.”
Djokovic still must overcome Italian Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals and he is relishing playing the role of pantomime villain.
A spokesperson for team Novak revealed that:
“He is determined to win his eighth Wimbledon title, despite the animosity being shown towards him.
“Before his quarter-final he discovered that someone had smeared deep heat in his underpants and he also wasn’t very happy when he found drawing pins in his trainers prior to his opening round match.
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“We are determined to find out who the culprit is. The chief suspect is some old geezer with a bag full of orange tinsel.”
Paddy Power News contacted the All-England club about the incident, where an anonymous source said:
“I do not want to cast aspersions, but I saw Tim Henman and John McEnroe hanging around the locker room the other day p***ing themselves.
“One was rattling his pockets whilst the other was holding a Superdrug bag.”
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