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Lindsey Vonn cops backlash from tennis fans over detail in photo with Roger Federer

The Olympic champion prompted backlash from salty tennis fans.

Roger Federer poses with Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn.
Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (pictured right) was forced to edit a popular photo post with Roger Federer after backlash from Novak Djokovic fans. (Image: Instagram)

Iconic Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn has edited a popular photo post with Roger Federer after backlash from Novak Djokovic fans. Vonn stunned fans on the weekend when the Olympic gold medallist posted a photo alongside 20-time grand slam tennis champ Federer.

The photo sent fans into a frenzy with Vonn and Federer sharing a friendship for a number of years. However, the Olympic champ admitted she had never taken to the slopes with the tennis legend and posted a video of the two skiing.

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“I finally got to ski with my friend Roger… yes, @rogerfederer!” Vonn wrote. “Have to take some time to really reflect on what it this means to me… I have admired Roger as an athlete, philanthropist and incredible champion for so many years.

“Normally, people you look up to always let you down in one way or another, but not Roger. Rog is the epitome of a true sportsman and champion in every sense of the word. We’ve been talking about skiing together for such a long time I wasn’t sure if it would happen…. But here we are; retired, skiing and enjoying life!”

However, in her post, she inadvertently triggered tennis fans when she weighed into the greatest of all time debate in her post. Vonn called Federer the greatest of all time and it certainly stirred up some negative backlash. The debate on who is the greatest tennis player of all time has erupted in recent years with Rafa Nadal and Djokovic passing Federer's grand slam tally.

While Djokovic statistically stands above the other two in the argument, many tennis fans point to a range of reasons for who is the greatest of all time. In the post, Vonn said Federer was her GOAT. Fans - many defending Djokovic - jumped on the post with negative feedback saying Vonn was wrong.

Novak Djokovic applauds with Roger Federer.
Novak Djokovic fans have taken aim at Lindsey Vonn after she labelled her friend Roger Federer (pictured right) the greatest of all time. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images) (Shi Tang via Getty Images)

This prompted Vonn to edit the caption. Vonn was accused of dismissing Djokovic's numbers. She then clarified why she changed the post and explained why her friend is her GOAT.

“GOAT or greatest of all time is a subjective title. What makes someone great? Is it statistics? Is it records? Is it impact? Is it character? Is it all of the above? People have differences of opinion and that’s OK. My goat might not be your goat and there will always be a debate but opinions are just that, opinions, and everyone is entitled to them," she wrote.

However, this didn't satisfy many with Vonn once again going back and forth with fans over the comment. Vonn said she wasn't 'forced' to delete the post, but rather felt the negativity from comments took away from the memory with Federer. She hit back at the 'silly' comments and said it was her own personal view.

Jannik Sinner hits the slopes with Lindsey Vonn

Federer isn't the only grand slam winner to have taken to the slopes with the world champion. After his maiden grand slam win at the Australian Open, Jannik Sinner had a change to ski with Vonn.

Sinner was a gifted skier when he was young, but admitted he chose tennis because he enjoyed the problem solving. While Vonn was hitting the slopes on the weekend, she managed to make an appearance at the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

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