Roger Federer: 'I probably give more than...'

“I probably give more than…”

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

This wasn’t always the case, however, 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 competitive games, throwing racquets and having something to say about every point lost.

Discussing this chapter of his career in 2002, Roger said it took him years to improve in this segment. He realized he needed too much energy to fight himself and did his best to change that before joining the ATP Tour.

Recalling those days, Federer also mentioned how his parents were sometimes embarrassed to see him play and urged him to change his attitude or go to tournaments without them. “When I was very young and started playing when I was three, I was always swore on the court, throwing racquets and everything else.

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

King Roger is a true legend

Roger Federer’s big comeback is getting closer. He will be attending the fifth edition of “his” Laver Cup, to be played at the O2 Arena in London from September 23rd to 25th. After that, he will play the tournament in his hometown of Basel from October 22-30 before looking towards 2023, depending on how he feels.

That didn’t stop the Swiss (41 in August) from speaking openly to Dutch media outlet Algemeen Dagblad about his impending retirement. “I’m a lover of winning, but if you’re not competitive anymore, then it’s better to quit.

I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy about 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 the business – I probably give more than I should at times, but that can happen outside of sport too.

I know a pro career can’t last forever and that’s okay,” said Roger, who will measure his height in early fall.

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