Federer After Tennis – A Graceful Settling

What has Roger Federer been doing?

If you imagine a professional athlete suddenly coming to a halt, it might conjure images of despair and loss.

We’re all wondering where tennis would be without Federer, but how is Federer coping in life without tennis?

It seems, however, that Federer has made an easy transition.

During his career, he built an ecosystem around his tennis life – a family, charity work, appearances, sponsorships, and leisure.

Instead of languishing in inactivity, Federer has characteristically stepped into a different world with grace. Where there was always an air of relaxation and assuredness about Federer on-court, it has seamlessly continued into his non-career activities.

But towards the end of his professional life, there were perhaps moments of difficulty and tension.

Restarting his competitive game was a challenge in itself. The critical issue was movement – ​​Federer possessed the coordination, natural talent and strokes to beat his opponents, with a vast personal historical memory of tactics and strategy.

The ultimate bank of tennis information, generated from over a thousand matches. Yet his footwork and movement would always be the sticking point.

Time and time again, Federer would attempt a return to the professional circuit, only to be cut short by the ravages of time on a body that had been playing tennis since he was a boy.

Eagerly I awaited his Doha comeback in 2021, expecting history to come full circle in a renaissance like 2017.

After a sterling first-round match against Dan Evans but then being defeated by Nikoloz Basilashviliit was clear that something was not right.

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Later at Roland Garros, Federer would put in an energetic and bullish performance at the 2021 French Open.

Despite the lengthy exchanges and brutalizing rallies of clay court tennis, his game fizzed with the usual creativity, using lobs, volleys, drop shots and half volleys to get to the round of 16, but then pulled out.

His Wimbledon quarter-final loss would be the most difficult for fans to realize, being defeated by Hubert Hurkacz in the third set to love. A bizarre scoreline for a man who was undoubtedly still the king of Wimbledon.

At the 2022 Laver Cup in London, Federer officially retired from the sport.

Instead of the end of his career being just a moment of sadness – which it, of course, was – perhaps as well, there was a sense of relief.

If Federer could no longer compete in the main tournaments, why not go along with it? What was so bad about not playing professionally after all?

Federer had achieved what he set out to do – to become a grand slam champion but ended up multiplying the feat (and his scope for ambition) twenty times over. If he had indeed led a career well played, was it terrible to end up in the bosom of his family, enjoying retirement?

To all intents and purposes, retirement has seemed pleasing and bright.

While Federer is no longer on tour, he has continued exhibition tennis, appearing in Tokyo for the November 2022 Uniqlo LifeWear day.

The special event featured Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori as brand ambassadors, using their time to put on a playful match and coach children. The event’s main focus was to help nurture the younger generations of Japan by showing them the excellent conduct and values ​​of professional athletes.

A smiling Federer was greeted by an exhibition of himself, slices of his history, intercut with the apparel of Uniqlo tennis gear he had worn just a few months before.

Later on, with continuing travel to be a significant part of Federer’s life, he headed for a trip to London.

Instead of Wimbledon being a sore point for Federer, he embraced his past glory and returned to the tournament grounds.

Crucially, he observed the Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy in all its splendor. “Nice to see you again” were Federer’s comforting words. The All England Club and its prize remained treasured rather than tortuous relics of its last competitive outing.

Federer has also spent time with his team, as he was spotted playing padel with his ex-coach and friend, Severin Luthi.

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While the game has sometimes been viewed as a feared rival to tennis – an activity that could drain players away from the older sport – it is no surprise Federer has given it a go, with an emphasis on volleying and placement.

In the end, Federer has one more lesson for us all. Why resist change when we could accept it? The great man has found joy in embracing his retirement – and so should we.

Have your feelings changed now that it’s been months after his last match at the Laver Cup? What else do you think Federer will enjoy and get on with in his retirement? Leave your comments below.

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