Federer has his eye on post-2020 tennis longevity
There seems to be no stopping Roger Federer, with the 20-time Grand Slam champion hinting that there could be more to come in his iconic career after the upcoming 2020 campaign.
The 38-year-old revealed his thinking in New York after his lightning – and lucrative – echo tour last week with Alexander Zverev in Central and South America.
In fact, the Swiss sounds likely to keep playing for as long as his fitness – long curated over the years – holds up.
Federer showed up in New York to promote the launch of a Swiss shoe start-up On, of which he is both an investor and an adviser.
The well-organised world No. 3 said that previewing his 2021 possibilities is underway.
“2020 is set but 2021, I just don’t know because it’s too far away but of course if I have the chance to play and everything’s still working sure why not?” he said.
If the family (two sets of twins) is happy and healthy, that needs to be the case. If my wife feels the same way.
That is important because happy wife, happy life.
“You know how that works so it starts there. And then the body and the results.
“It’s going to come down to that. Usually I don’t think over a year and a half ahead of time. I usually think a year ahead of time or a year and a little bit.”
The retirement talk for perhaps the best to ever play the sport began back in 2012, with some speculation that the London Olympics would be the last show for Federer.
But that was hardly the case, with the master who dominated the ATP for much of the first decade of the century winning Wimbledon in 2012 and then adding his 18th, 19th and 20th majors by the end of the 2018 Australian Open.
His 2020 calendar is already bulging with all four Slams, the Olympics and his own Laver Cup already written in along with the Masters 1000 events and other longtime favourites like Dubai, where he has a hot-weather training base.
“Retirement” is not a word which has entered his vocabulary as the winner of 103 career title – Jimmy Connors leads that classification with 109 – carries on with his carefully plotted schedule.
Federer finished this past season on third in the rankings behind No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, with Nadal breathing down his neck with 19 Grand Slam titles.
He said holidays are next on his to-do list, with his 2020 start now set for the Australian Open from January 20. he withdrew from m the new ATP Cup in Australia set for early next month, but will dash to China for an exhibition after Christmas before returning to a family home in Dubai.
“I’m looking forward to vacation after this, it’s been an incredible last few weeks with so many emotions and so many great moments in Latin America, Mexico.
“It was a once in a lifetime. After this I gotta regroup, reset, train hard in the off-season and get ready for what’s next.”
Federer has guaranteed another return to the clay, after playing Roland Garros last spring for the first time since 2015 and will point his summer schedule towards the last-summer Tokyo Games.
“I’m very excited to be playing in the Olympics again. I missed the Rio Olympics in 16 because of my knee. I played the three Olympics before that.
“It’s always been special for me to go to. Tokyo, it’s no different.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online