Roger Federer checks tennis scores ‘several times a day’ and talks retirement

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Roger Federer has revealed he checks tennis scores ‘several times a day’ but struggles to fit much playing time into his post-retirement schedule. The iconic former player instead tries to teach his children to play. 

Federer retired a year ago following a tough battle with a recurring knee injury. It brought to an end the dominance of tennis’ Big Three, with only Rafael Nadal – who will retire in 2024 – and Novak Djokovic remaining. 

The 42-year-old was at Wimbledon earlier this year, watching the 20-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz win the tournament for the first time. But he admits he did not wish he was on court. 

Instead, Federer is perfectly happy to simply keep a distance and check the scores ‘several times a day’. He has been busy post-retirement, spending time with his family and continuing his rehabilitation from several knee problems. 

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Asked if there were any players he specifically roots for on the tour, Federer told the Wall Street Journal: “No, but I’m surprised how much I follow scores. I check several times a day to see the scores and what’s going on.”

Federer says he scarcely plays much tennis anymore, instead preferring to sit back while his friends compete. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has also tried to get his kids into the sport. 

I don’t play much tennis anymore, other than with the kids. As a former player, to book a court and get someone to hit with you is a process, so you end up not doing it. 

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“On vacation, I just played with our friends in the Hamptons. I’m not super competitive. It’s just nice to be out there and then sit on the terrace and let the sweat go a bit.

“All four kids love it. The girls didn’t love it in the beginning but as they get better, they’re enjoying it and playing points now. They were up at [John] McEnroe Academy in East Hampton, and the boys were in Mallorca at the [Rafael Nadal] camp for a couple of days.”

Asked if he coaches his children, he added: “When I have time—and I try to make the time—I go on the court with them and try to teach them a little bit. It’s obviously an interesting dynamic, because I’m the dad, and not a former player. It is what it is [laughing].”

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