Roger Federer's 'recipe for happiness': "Everything is fantastic even after tennis"

The Swiss Maestro analyzed his post-retirement life, explaining how he found happiness even after tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Roger Federer's 'recipe for happiness': "Everything is fantastic even after tennis"
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The recipe for happiness requires various ingredients that must perfectly balance each other; it's not easy to achieve the perfect flavor but Roger Federer perhaps did it. In an interview with Extra The King, the Swiss Maestro spoke about it on the occasion of his Prime Video docu-series, analyzing his life after retiring from tennis.

"After the retreat everything went as planned, I can say it was fantastic. It's true, I was unlucky with the knee problems but this helped me understand in the last period what my life would have been like without tennis. I'm more time at home, I have four children, two sets of twins aged 14 and 10 and we have a lot of fun. We have traveled all over the world, we have fun and of course I help them with school and this part of my life is wonderful I always thought that my career could end at any moment due to injury and in my head I always said: It's just tennis'. Every time I won a match or a tournament I tried to remember it, I knew it could be the last time you have always to make a life beyond tennis because in the end there will always be a moment when you are no longer a tennis player. This mentality helped me a lot and certainly aided my process towards saying goodbye to this sport," explained Roger.

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Federer then talked to that boy who years ago was a ball boy and became the history of this sport.

"I would say to the young Roger to prepare for a fantastic life, many times in the spotlight and a life where I will have a lot of fun. I am happy to have managed to last so long in front of the tennis public and on the most important courts in the world. I honestly don't think about the past, I think my career was better than I expected, I won a lot and I'm happy," he said.

The Swiss champion will certainly be remembered as one of the most successful and loved sportsmen of all time, probably the most loved in the history of tennis. Roger retired at the 2022 Laver Cup but fans from all over the world still remember his exploits and shower him with praise for what he did in his glorious career.

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Federer received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Dartmouth University on Sunday. Speaking to the 11 thousand people who came to witness the honor granted by the university to the tennis player, the Swiss Maestri analyzed his career.

"I left school at 16 to play tennis full time. I never went to college and I can say I graduated in tennis. The correct wording is retired from tennis but that word is horrendous, I'm simply done with a path important and I'm moving on to the next thing a lot of people ask me what I do after tennis and the reality is I don't know and it's okay not to know. I'm a dad who plays and lives with my daughters, I enjoy life as a tennis graduate and today I want to share some lessons with you all. Throughout my career I was complimented because tennis didn't show any effort and it almost seemed like I wasn't sweating. It's not true, I worked hard to make my tennis easy, I spent years swearing before I kept calm and the truth is that I didn't get where I am with pure talent, I got there by trying to overcome my opponents and believing in myself. It's not about having a gift but rather you have to have grit and courage. In tennis as in life, discipline is a talent. And so is having patience. Having self-confidence is a talent, embracing and loving the process are talents. In short, dressing your life is part of a talent," he explained.

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