Roger Federer: "Tour was once a 'playground' for me, today it's a job"

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Roger Federer: "Tour was once a 'playground' for me, today it's a job"

During an interview with the Swiss magazine Coopzeitung, Roger Federer explained how his approach to tennis has changed over the years. Roger explained: "My approach to this sport is not the same as I had at the beginning of my career.

The circuit was once a kind of playground for me, but today it is more a place of work. Maybe someone thinks that is a misconception, but it also means that I have managed to turn my passion into a job. Every now and then, when I have to play a game, I joke with my family by telling them that I am going to the office.

My wife Mirka? When I got engaged to her, I still didn't have any headlines on the board. She is a strong and intelligent woman who has had a huge impact on me both on and off the pitch. She trusted me and taught me to always do my best.

You have never allowed my professional gameplay to interfere with our daily life."

Federer's come back

Federer is expected to return at the end of the summer or the beginning of the autumn, in order to treat himself to one last round of the joust before hanging up the racket.

The last appearance of the Swiss was almost a year ago, more precisely at Wimbledon 2021, when he surrendered to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals. The Pole took away the satisfaction of even giving the King a bagel on Center Court.

His right knee has heavily affected Roger over the past two seasons, preventing him from playing as and as much as he would have liked. Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses.

A few weeks after the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he will have to operate on his knee for the third time in 18 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will take part in the Laver Cup, held at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September, and at the ATP in Basel in the autumn.