Renowned as one of the greatest figures in the world of "white sport," Roger Federer, the Swiss maestro, has unveiled a side of himself that's seldom seen. His retirement from professional tennis last September, following the Laver Cup, allowed him to share how he's adapting to life after the rigorous ATP circuit.
Federer, who turned professional in 1998, boasts an illustrious career featuring an impressive haul of 103 titles and an astonishing 20 Grand Slam victories. He held the top spot in the ATP rankings for a remarkable 310 weeks, amassing $130 million in prize money.
Reflecting on his decision to retire, Federer acknowledged the toll injuries had taken in the twilight of his career. While love for the sport and the compelling Grand Slam rivalry with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had been motivators, he eventually recognized that his body could no longer meet the demands.
One of the best ever spoke honestly about his private life
Now, free from the professional circuit, Federer enjoys his time differently, occasionally participating in exhibition matches, while savoring the balance of life beyond the intense world of tennis.
"For six months, I felt more in control of my schedule than before. I didn't have any concrete plans per se, because I was always trying to come back and suddenly I realized that this was it. And then I said to myself, ``okay, it's over and what now?'
However, the morning after that burning feeling that I decided to retire, it was already better. Now, I have to be careful not to do too many things at the same time. I'm really happy to be busy, to be with other people , with my family, I like to travel, sometimes you have to make sure you find the right balance and I feel like I have that, so things are great," said Federer.
He has also revealed what he does to stay in shape. He dedicates time to the gym, has set up a home workout space, and confesses to playing tennis less frequently since retiring from his professional career. "I try to go to the gym four times a week and I can't believe I'm actually doing it.
I set up a space like this at home and I put the machines in there, I got it all a week after the Laver Cup in London, so after my career I finally got the gym. It's a bit weird now that I've retired, so now I have to use it all, so I do it well, and I don't play tennis as much anymore, so I have to watch what I eat and stuff.
I still like to play some exhibitions when I travel, so I want to stay in shape and try to look a little better."