Roger Federer: 'I understand why athletes do that'

The Basel native has been busy engaging in some of his other interests

by Simone Brugnoli
Roger Federer: 'I understand why athletes do that'

The tennis world has never stopped thinking about Roger Federer. The Swiss champion decided to end his sports career last year in the Laver Cup by playing one last doubles match with his usual rival, Rafael Nadal. At the end of the game, the Swiss showed all his emotions and let out a liberating cry.

Both could not overcome Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, but they gave the public one of the most beautiful images ever seen in the history of the sport. The Swiss and the Spaniard cried together, holding hands with the strength and sadness that characterizes great men.

To celebrate Federer's greatness, Uniqlo has released a new collection of the RF Cap, a premium jersey that enhances the elegant style of the Swiss. The famous RF Cap also bears a symbolic inscription: RForever. "The RF Cap has been a special part of my tennis career and has allowed me to connect with my amazing fans.

I am grateful for all the love and support. I hope people can enjoy this new commemorative edition," Federer told his sponsor's official website. The Swiss congratulated Novak Djokovic on his success in Melbourne. The Serbian won the Australian Open for the tenth time in his career and reached 22 Slams.

"An incredible success once again. Congratulations." Federer wrote on his Twitter account. Djokovic, during his tour of Australia, spoke about Federer and asked the public to pay him the appropriate tribute. "Let's give a big round of applause to Roger Federer, he deserves it.

I've had some great battles with Roger over the years. Tennis clearly misses Federer. I saw him dressed very smartly at Fashion Week. I want to challenge him on the ski slope."

Federer went skiing for the first time in 15 years

Roger Federer believes it is important for even the greatest and most successful athletes to reinvent themselves.

"It's always very interesting to see what the greatest athletes of all time ended up doing once they stopped," Roger Federer said in a recently-released interview to CNBC, months before announcing his own retirement. "In my case, I've tried to reinvent my trainings with my teams, where I train, when I train, how often I train, with whom I train, many many times to keep it interesting, because if you do it always in the same place, (it gets) too boring," the 41-year-old revealed.

"If you really feel like you cannot find that creative moment, then it is really better to walk away. I totally agree with that, I understand why athletes do that," he further expressed.

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