For Roger Federer, money was never the priority. The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been the highest paid tennis player for more than a decade and he reportedly has a $600 million net worth, circa. In a recent interview the Swiss clarified he never dreamed or wanted to earn so much.
'For me, it's always been, first of all, my dream to be able to play at Wimbledon and play different tournaments, and not to be a millionaire. That was not my goal', Federer said. 'It was maybe having a comfortable living eventually, not having to think about it.
That's what I've earned. For me, making four, seven million dollars a year, one, it doesn't matter much. It's about winning the titles and being healthy, you know, to play tennis.' Michael Chang said young people play to have fame and money, which surprises Federer a little bit.
'I don't think that's entirely true. In the first place, why do we play tennis? It's not to make money; it's to chase our dream, you know. It happened that we have a lot of money in tennis, and that is obviously good for us now.
But it's thanks to the generations before us, you know, who got the tennis where it is today.' Federer also admitted that being willing to make progresses is crucial: 'I'm still trying to improve otherwise I wouldn't go on the practice courts.
I think in tennis that is the fun part. Maybe in golf or in -- maybe in soccer as well, I don't know, I can't really relate to that so much. But I think we can always work on something. The volley, the serve, the movement, forehand and the backhand.
There are so many shots you can hit in tennis, you know, because it always comes a different way at you. And for this reason, I always strive to improve. That's also up with of the reasons why I haven't had the same coach for 15 years, ten years because I always wanted to improve as a player.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick