Pam Shriver, a former player who also reached the number 3 position in the WTA rankings, recognizes that Roger Federer is a well-loved athlete and hopes that tennis will find a role for him after his retirement. This was stated in an interview with ESPN Press Room, praising many aspects of the game and the figure of the 40-year-old Swiss, who after a comeback to the court, in which he focused a lot in Wimbledon (eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, with a resounding 6-0 in the third set), has already announced the end of his season to undergo a third knee surgery.
Pam said: "I really feel for Roger that the three out of five format, given everything that has happened at his age, will be a huge mountain to climb to get back to the highest levels." 20 Grand Slams won during his career, including the current record of Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.
The American, who won a total of 21 titles, even reaching a final at the US Open, confessed how she always enjoyed watching Federer handle her responsibilities and the pressure of the world number one. She added: "He loves this sport.
I have never seen a champion so comfortable at the top, I love every aspect of him: even the times he played doubles, the Olympics where he won with Wawrinka, there could be a farewell moment that involves doubles, which is not as physically strenuous as playing best of five sets.
I feel lucky that he did what he did in sports and I got to see him so much."
Federer is a living embodiment of the sport
With generations passed and for those to come, Roger Federer remains the poster boy for everything tennis is about.
Rightly so, not just for his accolades and broken records but for his sheer knowledge of the craft, the veteran is a living embodiment of the sport. Notably, putting his expertise on display, Roger met with wheelchair tennis icons, Shingo Kunieda, and Gordon Reid.
In his fun fact conversation, the 40-year-old dates back to his playing days and how things have changed ever since. “Back in the day, 20 30 years ago, we always said to hit a volley is better than to hit a passing shot.
Now with the grass, it changed and made it so much easier to play with the baseline that’s why I saw a statistic before the final there was only 4 percent of serve and volley played at Wimbledon this year which is the lowest it’s ever been in the last 20 years which just shows that you can play better from the baseline,” he added.