Roger Federer reveals "a certain weight" dropped off of his shoulders after he retired from pro tennis. Federer, 41, retired from pro tennis after the 2022 Laver Cup in late September. After more than two decades on the pro level, former 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer walked away from pro tennis.
"What are you enjoying most since retiring from professional tennis? What do you miss the most?" a fan asked Federer during the Swiss' Q&A session on Twitter. Federer replied: "There was a lot of little stuff that I didn't know was creating so much stress that just dropped away, which is really cool.
Like a weight being lifted off my shoulders."
There was a lot of little stuff that i didn't know was creating so much stress that just dropped away, which is really cool. Like a weight being lifted off my shoulders. — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 23, 2023
Federer always chased perfection
Patrick Mouratoglou, who famously coached Serena Williams for a decade, recently explained what drove Federer to become so great.
"Roger loves the game. He is a player. He loves to hit winners. To propose a perfect partition. That's why he lost his mind when he was young. Because he is an idealist looking for perfection. And he was saying that as a teenager to the media.
And he kept this for 25 years," Mouratoglou said in a video uploaded on his Instagram. Since retiring, Federer hasn't made any guest appearances in tournaments. In October, the Basel organizers wanted to make Federer a special farewell.
But Federer wasn't ready so the ceremony was postponed for at least another year. In January, Tennis Australia made a hard push to have Federer as their guest at this year's tournament edition at Melbourne Park - but the Swiss politely declined.
In the last couple of months, it had been speculated Federer would return to Wimbledon this year and be part of BBC's 2023 Wimbledon coverage. When asked by a fan on Twitter, Federer said "no plans to commentate in 2023." While Federer won't be making his broadcasting debut at 2023 Wimbledon, he seemingly left the door open for that to happen in the future.