Roger Federer was recently interviewed by Schweizer Illustrierte. The Swiss master was first asked if there was anything else he wanted to achieve in tennis. "Oh, there may be more than you think," Federer said. "Of course, I have experienced a lot through tennis, seen a lot.
But now somehow I would like to hit the replay button and experience it all again without the stress, without all the obligations of a player. Look closely at the Japanese cherry blossoms in Tokyo, being a part of the NBA, NHL or NFL grand finale of the season, without always having to wonder, does the long flight fit into my training plans? These will be completely new experiences," he added.
"Discovering beautiful parks around the world with the children. Mirka and I have longed for it for a long time. And that is very close now."
The end seems to be drawing closer for Roger Federer
During a Uniqlo’s ambassadors meet, Roger Federer joined tennis wheelchair professionals Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid to discuss various aspects of the sport.
Primarily, he revealed what will be the biggest challenge in the coming times. “I don’t see a revolution per se. I just think players are going to get fitter and stronger,” Federer said. “And because of that, they are able to keep their level of play for longer.
For us, I think it’s going to be the key how you stay injury-free for a long period of time, which is going to be the challenge”. Furthermore, the 20-time Grand Slam champion shared how science will benefit the coming-of-age tennis professionals.
In the end, it dawned on him the many similarities between tennis and wheelchair tennis. “But, I think with sport science and stuff like this, a lot of guys will find good ways. It’s interesting to see how many similarities we actually have (Tennis and wheelchair tennis),” the Swiss maestro concluded.
The end seems to be drawing closer for Roger Federer, much to the disappointment of his fans. Federer's knee injury and subsequent surgeries kept him out of action for the entirety of 2020. John McEnroe, for his part, believes such a situation will not make for pretty viewing considering Federer's status as a legend of the sport.
"I just don’t want to see him out there where he’s — I experienced it myself, I know how frustrating it is," McEnroe said while speaking on ESPN. "He’s way better than I ever was. You don’t want to see Roger Federer, if he’s 30 or 40 in the world."