WASHINGTON — A trophy named for the world’s greatest tennis player will be unveiled Monday in Washington, D.C. The trophy, named for Roger Federer, will be named after the late former champion.
The first trophy to be named for a player will also be named the No. 1 for the U.S. Tennis Association.
The new trophy will be presented in honor of the tennis legend at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Masters tournament in South Florida.
“I think it is very fitting and I am really happy that we are going to have this trophy, which I think will be very symbolic to the sport, to the people and to the world,” Federer’s widow, Joanne, told reporters before the ceremony.
“It is very important that the trophy be named in honor and in recognition of a great player.
I think that is what it will be about.”
Federer won four Grand Slam titles, including the 2016 U.K. Open, while serving as the world No. 2.
He was also the runner-up to Andy Murray in the men’s doubles in the 2004 Wimbledon final.
The No. 7 seed was a six-time major winner who won six titles and two majors.
He won seven titles in the women’s game, including a U.B.C.-era title in 2001.
The tournament will be the first since 1988 to feature the tournament’s No. 10 seed.
The top three seeds will be paired against the No.”10 seed in the tournament.
It is the first time a player has been named to the Wimbledon Trophy since it was unveiled in 1984.
The U.N. women’s tennis federation announced the tournament as the next major in 2017.