The issue of mental health has 'exploded' in 2021. The well-known cases of Naomi Osaka in tennis and Simone Biles in artistic gymnastics have finally highlighted an issue too often overlooked in the past. During the last few years, there is no doubt that the stress factors for athletes of any discipline have increased.
Press conferences and social media have increasingly become a battleground between the various factions, inducing sportsmen to hide behind a silence that is not good for anyone. In a lengthy interview with 'GQ Magazine' last week, 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer stressed the need for a change in the relationship between players and members of the press.
The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, before undergoing his third surgery on his right knee in the past year and a half. The Basel phenomenon should return to the field in 2022, with the hope of giving himself a catwalk worthy of his immense career.
Roger Federer on the social media
“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.
The stress is so great. And I think a lot has to be down to social media,” Roger Federer told GQ in an exclusive interview last week. “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. Or at least an evolution of where we are today,” he said. The 40-year-old tennis icon believes there also needs to be more support and overall help for the younger generation. “I have no clue how I would have handled it.
For every ten nice comments there’s always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on,” Federer said. Outside of competing at the tennis court, tennis players are often spotted sharing some great moments with each other, and we are all aware of the bond Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share off the court.
In a throwback video, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, and Tommy Haas are seen singing a song and enjoying the moments. At Indian Wells 2017, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, and Tommy Haas were seen cherishing some great moments during their free time.
The players showed their singing skills as they sang a classic 80s song called “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”. Afterward, Federer shared this clip on Twitter.