Roger Federer reveals he is hoping to ‘play some exhibitions down the road’
Roger Federer has revealed whether he has played much tennis since his retirement, as he commented on the next generation challenging his former rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Federer played his last professional tennis match at the Laver Cup back in September, and the Swiss revealed that he has surprised himself with how much he likes to keep up to date with the tour.
“I’m very surprised at how often and how frequently I check scores,” said Federer at the 30-year anniversary of the ATP tournament in Halle. “Three times a day, maybe. Then, of course, all of a sudden there are days where I check out for like a week, and then I’m with the kids, and I’m travelling, and I’m gone.”
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The 41-year-old dominated the ATP tour for 15 years alongside Djokovic and Nadal, and suggested that the quality of the sport is constantly ‘evolving’ as players try and compete with his former rivals.
“I think the level of play, I feel like it’s going up more and more again and again, you know. So it’s nice to see that. And also the new generation, you know challenging still the likes of Novak [Djokovic] and also Rafa [Nadal], I hope he comes back,” said the 20-time major winner. “So it’s good times in tennis, and I always said that tennis is so great and always keeps on evolving.”
Despite revealing he likes to keep up with results on the tennis circuit, Federer revealed he has not played so much himself, but hopes to play exhibitions ‘when the body’s healed up’.
“I don’t play so much anymore, unfortunately or fortunately,” revealed Federer. “I haven’t booked a court yet, called up a friend and said, ‘Let’s go play tennis.’ But I play a lot with my children, so I try to help them a little bit, try to be a coach, but it’s not easy! But it’s some good moments, and it’s going to create some good memories for us.”
Federer added, “Hopefully down the road I can play some exhibitions again when the body’s healed up and all ready to go. But for the time being, I’m just really happy away from the game. But like I said, I follow it still pretty closely.”
Roger Federer at the ATP tournament in Halle
As Federer spoke to the media at the Halle tournament 30-year anniversary, we at Tennishead wanted to look back on his record 10 final victories at the ATP event in Germany:
- 2003 – Federer beat Nicolas Kiefer, 6-1 6-3
- 2004 – Federer beat Mardy Fish, 6-0 6-3
- 2005 – Federer beat Marat Safin, 6-4 6(6)-7 6-4
- 2006 – Federer beat Tomas Berdych, 6-0 6(4)-7 6-2
- 2008 – Federer beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3 6-4
- 2013 – Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny, 6(5)-7 6-3 6-4
- 2014 – Federer beat Alejandro Falla, 7-6(2) 7-6(3)
- 2015 – Federer beat Andreas Seppi, 7-6(1) 6-4
- 2017 – Federer beat Alexander Zverev, 6-1 6-3
- 2019 – Federer beat David Goffin, 7-6(2) 6-1
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