Fans around the world are looking forward to seeing Roger Federer back on the pitch. The Swiss phenomenon has played very little in the last two seasons, thanks to a serious knee injury that worsened after the 2020 Australian Open.
The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a decidedly modest budget for a legend of his caliber (nine wins and four losses). The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best results last year, before undergoing yet another knee surgery following a relapse.
For the moment, the King's participation in the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel has been announced, which is back on the calendar after the two editions canceled due to the pandemic. Over the past two years, the 40-year-old Swiss has had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, while Novak Djokovic has snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
In a long interview with the Swiss magazine 'Coopzeitung', Federer revealed the less pleasant aspects of being a celebrity.
Roger has barely featured in the last two seasons
"The kids run in all directions [when we get to a playground].
It's about not losing sight of them all and not getting too distracted. Because of course there will be one or two visitors," Roger Federer said. "Above all abroad, I'm no longer asked, it's clear to others from the start that I have to pose with them.
Then mommy is quickly called on Facetime: 'Look who I'm with! It's Roger.' " Recalling how fans often apologized for bothering him and requesting beforehand that they wanted to take photos with him, the former World No.
1 made it clear that he preferred that approach over any other. "People are more shy in Switzerland. They say, 'Roger, we saw that you just took a picture. We don't want to bother you, but is it okay if we do another one right away?'" Federer said.
Federer also spoke about his early days, where he was never provided with a mobile phone until a certain age. In an interview back in 2018, Federer spoke about how he tried to keep his children away from electronic devices.
He said, “Yeah, they have a very different life but I may give them a little bit more normality. They do not push it (laughter)”. “I do not want to be totally contrary on it, the mobile phone gives us a lot of advantages. But it’s clear: you have to be careful,” he added.