Tennis superstar Roger Federer has taken on a new role lately. He has become an ambassador for Swiss tourism. The living legend is undoubtedly enjoying his new role and has participated in a number of promotional activities related to Switzerland.
Recently Roger Federer spoke about cycling activity in the mountainous region. Switzerland has several regions where people cycle. Cycling is an activity that is done on a serious level and is considered a sport, especially in regions like the Bernese Alps and the Swiss Alps.
The Swiss citizen spoke on this issue and stated: “I have been told that there are something like 65,000 kilometers of bike paths in Switzerland. Hiking and cycling are the favorite activities for everyone in Switzerland.
“Some of the most spectacular hiking trails I like are the Gstaad in the Bernese Alps. It's not that brutal up and down, it's more of an even incline, which is great for hiking. The same goes for Appenzell, which is a very nice place that is not so famous."
When he was injured after Wimbledon in 2016, he took a break from the Men's Tour. During that period, he spent time hiking in the Swiss regions. However, he wishes to ride a bike in Switzerland when he decides to hang up his boots.
The former Grand Slam champion knows the geography of his nation well. The 39-year-old added: “When I was injured in 2016, I spent a lot of time on the hiking trails in Gräubunden, where I now live. One of my goals when I retire is to have time to explore our mountain bike trails."
Roger Federer had to spend over a year on the sidelines
Roger Federer is scheduled to make his return to the ATP tour at the claycourt event in Geneva, which begins on 16 May. Federer's last outing on clay was almost two years ago, at Roland Garros 2019, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
"I am very anxious and very eager to start competing again, feeling like a player again," Federer said. "I feel like I'm a young man. My knee, my joints are much better. I hope that what is missing in 2021 will be exciting, because we are getting closer to normal, even if the virus is still present."
The Geneva Open will be Roger Federer's only tournament on clay in the lead-up to the French Open. The Swiss is also scheduled to play a grasscourt tune-up event in Halle, before his two biggest goals this season - Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.