Roger Federer, World number three, returned to talk about his collaboration with Credit Suisse, after receiving several criticisms in recent weeks. After the Australian Open semifinal and the charity exhibition with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, the Swiss champion will try to defend his title in Dubai later this month.
"When I help one person, I am criticised for not doing it with others. I have reached a point where I have to think carefully about what I am doing. But I also have to be able to overlook criticism. I can't be everywhere, I can't do everything.
I am also a father and tennis player. I am aware that I can make a difference, take the microphone and address certain things. But I can't do that all the time" - said Federer to Tages Anzeiger. "I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amid devastation from the bush fire.
I am constantly discussing with Mirka how we can find the easiest solution for the children, and mostly that’s the best for my tennis. For some years now we have been able to bring in a little more stability. We try to stay in one place with the family as long as possible.
That’s why I skipped the ATP Cup [in Australia] – so we could stay in Dubai longer" - he added. Roger will also play the Tokyo Olympics this year between Wimbledon and the US Open. At London 2012, Federer won his first singles medal, losing to Andy Murray in the final to claim the silver.
He and Wawrinka were unable to defend their gold medal in doubles, losing in the second round to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel. Federer did not compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics after taking the rest of the season off after Wimbledon to recover from a knee injury.