‘I probably give more than…’

20-time Major champion Roger Federer has been a role model for many tennis players over the last 15 years. Like all other competitors, Federer has had some dark moments in those most difficult moments over the years. Still, he is usually calm and collected on the court, concentrating on tennis and the opponent on the other side of the net.

However, this was not always the case, as it would be difficult to recognize Roger from his behavior in his late teens. The Swiss couldn’t contain his temper from the first junior competition matches, throwing rackets and having something to say about every point he lost.

Speaking of that chapter of his career in 2002, Roger said that it took him years to start improving in that segment. He realized that it took too much energy for him to fight himself, and he did his best to change that before he stepped onto the ATP Tour.

Remembering those days, Federer also mentioned how his parents sometimes felt embarrassed while watching him play, urging him to change his attitude or go to tournaments without them. “When I was very young, and I started playing at three years old, I was always wearing on the court, throwing rackets and everything else.

My parents felt ashamed and told me to stop behaving like this; otherwise they wouldn’t come to tournaments with me anymore. I had to calm down, but it took until I was 19 years old to start to improve in that aspect.”

King Roger is a true legend

Roger Federer’s big comeback is approaching. He will be part of the fifth edition of “his” Laver Cup which will be held at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25. He will then play the tournament in his hometown of Basel from October 22-30, before looking to 2023, depending on how he feels.

This did not prevent the Swiss (41 in August) from speaking openly about his future retirement to the Dutch media Algemeen Dagblad. “I am a lover of winning, but if you are no longer competitive, then it is better to stop.

I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy with the little things, like when my son does something good and when my daughter comes home with a good grade. Tennis is part of my identity, but not entirely. I want to be and stay successful, and I put a lot of energy into business – I probably give more than I should sometimes, but that can also happen outside of sport.

I know a professional career can’t last forever and that’s fine,” said Roger, who will be sizing up in early fall.

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