Roger Federer: 'Back in school homework was torture, I couldn’t...'

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Roger Federer: 'Back in school homework was torture, I couldn’t...'

Roger Federer will return to the field in Geneva in mid-May, in what will be his only preparation test ahead of Roland Garros. Barring further twists and turns, the Swiss phenomenon will therefore participate in the second seasonal Grand Slam, the start of which has been postponed by a week due to the delicate health situation in France.

The last appearance of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in Paris dates back to the 2019 edition, when he reached the semifinals by yielding in three sets to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal. The main goals of the 39-year-old from Basel will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, not forgetting the US Open at the end of the summer.

Winning a gold medal in singles is one of the dreams left in the drawer of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who had to settle for silver in London in 2012. In a recent interview with 'Schweizer Familie', King Roger recalled some aspects of his childhood and admitted that he was never a model student.

Federer said his attention threshold was very low, which is why his performance has never been exciting.

Roger Federer on his school days

"Back in school homework was torture, I couldn’t concentrate for too long," Roger Federer revealed.

"Therefore my mother regularly needed to play a match of softball with me in the kitchen to distract me and get me moving again." Roger Federer also spoke about South Africa, a country that he has very deep-rooted ties with.

"From my visits to Africa I always travel home with the motivation to do even more," Federer added. "Down there I'm not a tennis star, I'm just Roger." Recently, there was an exciting announcement with regard to this year’s edition.

The 2021 Laver Cup will be held in Boston and will have 100% seating capacity. This comes as great news because the events in the last year have been forced to go ahead without audiences or limited capacities. The event is scheduled to take place in September this year.

It is usually held after the US Open. In 2019, the Laver Cup was officially sanctioned as an ATP event. Moving onto Federer, he did not play a single tournament since the Australian Open 2020. He was on the sidelines due to a knee injury and had to undergo two separate knee surgeries.

The Swiss superstar returned at the ATP Doha Open 2021. The 39-year-old has been practicing intensely to return to full fitness.