Roger Federer explains what has changed in his life since he retired

Federer, 41, retired from pro tennis after the Laver Cup.

by Dzevad Mesic
Roger Federer explains what has changed in his life since he retired

Roger Federer says he is feeling "lighter" since retiring because the level of stress has massively decreased since he called it a career. Federer, 41, turned pro in 1998 and retired from pro tennis after this year's Laver Cup.

A tennis season lasts 11 months and Federer acknowledges that a tennis players deals with a ton stress throughout the season. “As a tennis player you’re always thinking about your next practice, your next match.

It never lets you go, your next travel, your next packing. I don't think I was that much aware of it, how much that thought is always there, and it rides with you, until you retire and then you realise that stress all drops away.

Doping as an example. We have to fill out doping forms every single day, one hour during the day, where you are. You’re always aware in the back of your head, they could be coming any moment, especially in that hour. Once that all drops away you actually feel lighter, relieved that you can actually live normally again after 25 years," Federer explained.

Roger Federer on players retiring young

Earlier this year, Ashleigh Barty retired from tennis at 25. At the time of her retirement, Barty was the top-ranked player in the women's game. Federer underlines that the Tour is very demanding but he advises players that taking a break might be a better option than abruptly retiring at a very young age.

“When players retire at a super young age, I totally understand it. We see it from time to time. I always feel it’s such a pity, because there could still be so much going on in the future. I see players are trying to stay on the tour longer, and maybe also what’s happened in the past is that players do realise you can take three months off, or six months off, or a year off, and still be able to come back again and give yourself a rest.

The tour is tough - the travel, the practice, the jetlag. Nobody is allowed to say, 'I'm tired today,' because it looks like you're weak, and that's why players sometimes end up with mental problems. You're supposed to show strength. But we're not machines, we’re human beings," Federer said. This week, Federer was in Tokyo for the Uniqlo event.

Roger Federer