Tennis superstar Roger Federer talked about his life outside tennis, saying he is slowly but surely making the shift.
Federer is one of the best ever to grace a tennis court. However, recent years have seen him slow down, with injuries and form playing against him as age becomes more difficult to ignore.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner played just 13 matches in 2021, a far cry from his younger years. He suffered a knee relapse and has to get surgery done as well, with a return possibly happening in April.
As a result, Federer talked about his life outside tennis, saying he was slowly prioritising it over the sport.
Speaking to sponsor Credit Suisse as quoted by Tennis World USA, he said, “The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life because I actually feel very, very busy (nowadays).
“I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn’t need as much rest as it used to. I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o’ clock in the morning.
“I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know…. just working hard, but still enjoy the process. The transition will be an interesting one, my life will be different, the carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes, you know?”
The other side
“Maybe I see it easier than it will be, but I’m very confident about it and that’s not because I don’t want to come back. We’ll see how it will be,” he added.
“My wife has told me don’t jump from one to the next, if you want to retire, make time, you know? See what you do, there will be opportunities, and my kids are at a very important age right now, boys are seven, girls are twelve.
“And I wanna be there, you know? To support them as a dad, I feel I’ve been there so, so much and I don’t have any regrets when it comes to that.”
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