Roger Federer had the intelligence to plan his future once he has hung up his racquet. At the age of 40, the Swiss phenomenon is aware that he is getting closer and closer to retiring, even if he wanted to give himself one last chance to try to put another Grand Slam title on the board.
The former world number 1, who returned to the field in Doha after a 14-month hiatus, has his mind focused on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, with the aim of ending one of the most incredible careers in the history of sport.
modern. Off the pitch, King Roger boasts countless sponsorships and founded the management company TEAM8 together with his longtime agent Tony Godsick. In addition to having contributed to the conception of the Laver Cup, whose fourth edition will be held this year in Boston, Federer's agency has dealt with top-level tennis players such as Coco Gauff, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev (who has recently decided to end the collaboration).
In a recent interview with 'BBC Sport', WTA star Garbine Muguruza admitted that she was struck by the ambition of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Roger Federer and his growing business empire
“Roger Federer’s a very ambitious person.
I think that he is super focused on what is coming next for him, his legacy. I feel like he wants to be very involved in everything he does” - Garbine Muguruza said. Furthermore, she iterated that Federer has taken his habit of on-court success to his business ideas.
According to her, whatever Federer touches becomes classy and successful. She said: “Everything he touches, he wants to be very successful and sophisticated”. Recently, 17-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki, former Junior World No.
1, expressed his admiration for the Swiss maestro. Moreover, he claimed that Federer’s advice helped him qualify for his first Masters 1000 main draw, the Miami Open 2021. “He’s my hero,” Mochizuki said.
“At the Nitto ATP Finals, I was there as a hitting partner, and I got to hit with him. It was a dream. In tennis, he hits so easy, just relaxed when he’s playing. Many people are just playing with the power and emotions, but he’s just hitting balls so easy”.
Following that, Shintaro revealed the lesson he learned from Federer, which helped him qualify in Miami Open 2021. He said, “He taught me that if you have any chances to play bigger events, just go for it. Even this tournament, I had a wild card.
I’m still like No. 600, I’m not even close to getting into qualies, and I had a chance to play, so I just came to play”.