On the sidelines of a disputed exhibition in Tokyo, Roger Federer, a very young retiree invited by one of his sponsors, spoke to the press about his new life. The Swiss champion hinted in passing that he could possibly help a young compatriot to progress if the opportunity arises.
On September 23, Roger Federer (41) bowed out at the Laver Cup in London. Two months later, here he is already on the courts. This weekend, the Swiss champion with twenty Grand Slam titles returned to the field during an exhibition organized in Tokyo by one of his Uniqlo sponsors, who had invited the young retiree. Federer honored the invitation and therefore resumed his racquet in hand, for a few exchanges against the Japanese Kei Nishikori and Shingo Kunieda on the Ariake Coliseum court. To the delight of the many children present. “Tokyo, you were amazing as always. I loved seeing all my fans and spending time in such a special place. Thank you Uniqlo for the invitation, ”tweeted then the one whose tears from the O2 Arena two months ago had moved the whole tennis planet. The great absentee from the last Tokyo Olympics then held a press conference. The opportunity for the father of the family to discuss his new life. “RF”, in remarks relayed by the Swiss daily The morningthus confessed that he was able to realize the volume that the organization took in his daily agenda, in the same way that he had to constantly report on his schedule under the anti-doping regulations.
” Coach ? Never say never “
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 22, 2022
“I don’t think I realized how much space it took in my mind. It’s when you stop that you realize the amount of stress that goes away. Take the example of doping control: you had to give one hour a day of availability. It is always present in your head. This is no longer the case today, and Federer feels like he is living again. Or to live as you choose. “When all this ends, you suddenly feel really lighter, like relief to finally be able to live normally, after 25 years. Away from tennis, even if he could very quickly return to contact with the courts, to hear his answer about the possibility that he becomes a coach in the future. ” Never say never. Stefan Edberg said never until he got my call. With my four children going to school, I can’t see myself doing it. But if a Swiss junior needs support or advice, I would be happy to help. »