Roger Federer: 'It is not just my skill and technique on the court that is important'

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Roger Federer: 'It is not just my skill and technique on the court that is important'

Roger Federer's career has lasted for over two decades, the Swiss champion has won almost everything that could be won in the world of tennis and beyond this he has managed to build a large fan base not only in Europe but in any corner of the planet.

We are talking about a tennis player who goes beyond tennis, a universal icon that has such a charm and success as to cross any geographical or cultural barrier. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been with the Swiss bank Credit Suisse.

In the view of their long-standing partnership, Federer collaborated with Credit Suisse to give his words of wisdom around success and what decisions he took during his career that has made him what he is now.

Federer on his successful career

“It is not just my skill and technique on the court that is important, it is also the mindset, my purpose, and the people I have surrounded myself with, all play a part in my success,” Roger Federer said.

Federer first signed with Nike footwear and apparel in 1994. For the 2006 championships at Wimbledon, Nike designed a jacket emblazoned with a crest of three tennis racquets, symbolising the three Wimbledon Championships he had previously won, and which was updated the next year with four racquets after he won the Championship in 2006.

At Wimbledon 2008, and again in 2009, Nike continued this trend by making him a personalised cardigan that also had his own logo, an R and an F joined together, which was originally designed by his wife, Mirka. Federer's contract with Nike expired in March 2018, and he later signed a deal with Uniqlo.

It was reported that Uniqlo signed Federer for roughly $300 million for 10 years ($30 million per year), as opposed to Nike's previous deal with Federer, which was for roughly $10 million per year. However, Federer does not have a shoe deal and chooses to wear Nike trainers.

Even if Roger Federer returns to full physical fitness around December-January, he’d still be woefully short of real match practice. That in turn could affect the Swiss’ rhythm in the opening stages of the 2021 Australian Open.

He might even run the risk of making an early exit, which would be a real dampener as Federer doesn’t have too many more years left on tour. In that context, Luthi discussed the possibility of his friend playing even before the Australian Open.