'Roger Federer is very emotional', says former ATP ace
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2033
2022 was a difficult year for all tennis fans. Roger Federer was undoubtedly the most beloved tennis player in history, but this year he surprised everyone by ending his career permanently. The Swiss champion, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, is now in Japan and has told some stories about his family and what he is currently doing.
These are his words during a Uniqlo event: "The mental aspect in tennis is very important. Tennis players have realized that it is essential to take a break from time to time, whether it is three months or nine, sometimes you have to rest because the road in this sport is very hard.
It is hard to be constantly traveling, training and with a lot of jet lag. No one can say that they are tired, especially since it makes you weak in the eyes of your rival. This leads tennis players to end their careers with mental problems, in the end we are not machines.
You have to understand that we are human. The former tennis player continued revealing what could happen in his future: "I'm a little afraid to do other sports after retiring. My knees look better, we have to wait a few months and see how the situation evolves.
Now it's time to travel with the family, I want you to have a lot of fun. I would like to take my children to Africa, now compared to the past I hope that the vacation can be relaxing. After a lifetime of tennis, now I want to relax." Roger Federer then spoke of a possible future in the world of tennis as a coach: "Currently my four children are in school and with what is happening in the world I don't see myself as a coach right now."
Courier speaks about Federer
Jim Courier reflected on that epic night on a recent episode of the Tennis Channel Inside-In podcast, also praising Roger Federer for never shying away from expressing pure emotion on the court.
"I was ready for it, I knew it was going to be significant. I anticipated a lot of emotion from Roger, what I didn't anticipate was the emotion from everyone else on the court. I certainly expected the crowd to be emotional when Roger got emotional, because he is emotional.
We've seen him cry when he wins, when he loses, he gives it, which is great," Jim Courier said. "He is such a significant sporting icon that you knew there was going to be an outpouring of emotion in the room," he added.