Everyone is looking forward to Roger Federer's return to the pitch after the Swiss phenomenon took a short break in Doha a couple of months ago. Aware of still having to improve a lot in terms of physical strength, the former world number 1 opted for a further training block before returning to the field.
When it was announced that the start of Roland Garros would be postponed by a week, many imagined the forfeit of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in Paris. The 39-year-old from Basel's decision to take part in the French Open left everyone speechless, as did his presence in the ATP 250 in Geneva instead of the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome.
The next appointments will be crucial to test King Roger's form in view of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, his two great goals of the season. Meanwhile, the Swiss has taken on the new role of tourism ambassador for his country.
Federer, who participated in numerous promotional activities regarding the beauty that Switzerland offers, also spoke about the importance of cycling in some areas. Especially in places like the Bernese Alps and the Swiss Alps, this activity is practiced by many people.
Roger Federer spoke about the activity of cycling
Roger Federer spoke on this subject and stated, “I’ve been told there’s something like 65,000 kilometers of cycling trails in Switzerland. Hiking and cycling are the go-to things for everyone to do in Switzerland.
Some of the most spectacular hiking trails I like are by Gstaad in the Bernese Alps. It’s not so brutally up and down, it’s more of an even slope, which is great for hiking. The same goes for Appenzell, which is a very nice place that is not so famous”.
When he injured himself after Wimbledon in 2016, he took a break from the men’s Tour. During that period, he spent time hiking in the Swiss regions. The 39-year-old further added, “When I was hurt in 2016, I spent a lot of time on the hiking trails in Gräubunden, where I live now.
One of my goals, when I retire, is that I’ll have time to explore our mountain bike trails. Mountain biking has become really big in Switzerland because we want to make the mountain regions year-round destinations”.
Former pro Filippo Volandri recently gave his views on what sets Roger Federer apart from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. "He (Roger Federer) is as he is seen on and off the court," Volandri said about Roger Federer.
"It (his tennis) is technically and biomechanically perfect. And the fact that he is more emotional which when compared to Nadal's and Djokovic's perfection makes the audience love him more."