Despite not having been able to compete in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, Roger Federer still flew to Boston to support Team Europe. The result of the contest has never been in question since the first day, with the selection led by Bjorn Borg winning the cup very clearly.
The former world number 1 was seen walking on crutches at the TD Garden and he himself admitted that it will take several months to see him again on the pitch. King Roger played a pittance of 13 competitive matches in 2021, interrupting his season after reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
A relapse in his right knee forced him to undergo his third operation in the last year and a half, with the hope of being able to treat himself to at least one final catwalk in 2022. In a long interview with Jonathan Heaf for 'GQ Magazine', the 20-time Grand Slam champion touched upon a wide variety of topics.
The Swiss phenomenon also dwelt on the problems of Naomi Osaka, who has been dealing with depression since 2018.
Roger Federer on the social media
"Yes, I think so (that there is too much pressure)," Roger Federer said.
"I was following Emma Raducanu's incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years – it's been amazing, both of their stories. But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don't feel well."
Federer also admitted that press conferences haven't evolved enough with time, which makes things difficult for athletes. "The stress is so great," Federer said. "And I think a lot has to be down to social media.
The first 10 years of my life there was no social media, maybe I had just a website, then the next 10 years social media was everywhere. Also, in regards to this, the press situation does need to be reconsidered," he added.
"I think I’m one of the athletes who’s done the most press – ever! And I agree that it's always the same. Always. I think players, the tournaments, journalists, we need to sit down together in a room and go, 'OK, what would work for you and what works for us...'
. We need a revolution," Federer continued. "Or at least an evolution of where we are today. I think we do need to help, coach and mentor the younger generation more. I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media; I have no clue how I would have handled it," the Swiss said.
"For every 10 nice comments there’s always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on. It's a horrible situation. Even when I am feeling down I know I need to act a certain way in front of the world's press. We need to remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also human too."