“A Lot of Them Have Retired”: Roger Federer Voices Opinion About Friends on Tour

Published 03/06/2021, 6:00 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Having not played a competitive match for over a year, twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is set to return to the Tour at the ATP Doha Open 2021.

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The last time he was seen on a tennis court was at the Australian Open 2020. His journey ended in the semifinal against Novak Djokovic. 

After landing in Doha, the Swiss sensation Federer indulged in a round of questions and answers with his fans. The former World No. 1 was asked questions on various topics and about his best friend on Tour. He mentioned his fondness for all the Swiss tennis players.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the United States during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Always considered the tennis tour as a second family, says Roger Federer

The eight-time Wimbledon winner stated, “My best friends in tennis? A lot of them have retired now. I am friendly with most of the guys on the Tour. All the Swiss guys who I train the most with like Stan [Wawrinka].

I have no problems with anybody. I always considered the tennis tour as my second family.”

The Swiss ace was quick to mention that most of his friends have retired.

Federer and Wawrinka have played a number of matches over the years. They’ve represented Switzerland at the Olympic Games and have won a gold medal in doubles.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Federer arrived in Doha last evening and is headlining the event this year. The 39-year-old is the most successful player at the venue, having won the tournament thrice, in 2005, 2006, and 2011. 

After the event in Doha, Roger is scheduled to play at the Dubai Duty Tennis Championships. He has won the event eight times, which is more than any other player.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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