“You are not my coach!”: Roger Federer Says Kids Ask Him Not to Interfere With Their Tennis

Published 12/20/2020, 9:02 AM EST
ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive at St Mark’s Church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte are in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)


Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has shared how his children are starting to get the hang of the game that made their father a modern-day icon.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on February 07, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Pandemic, surgery enabled Roger Federer to play tennis with his kids

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In an interview with Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte, Federer revealed that the pandemic and his forced break from on-court action due to a knee surgery afforded him enough time to play tennis with his children.

A father of four, Federer’s children are now grown up enough for a doubles game in his backyard. He added that when it’s with family and children, tennis is always fun.

When Federer’s kids ask dad to stay off their tennis

Federer added that all his children play tennis, to the extent that they would often ask their father not to interfere with their game.

“We played quite a lot this year. The good thing is, you can always find ways to make it fun. The problem with tennis is that it takes time to get right into it. Then it’s fun,” Federer said.

The Swiss star admitted now that all four of his children – Myla Rose Federer, Lenny Federer, Leo Federer and Charlene Riva Federer – are all grown up enough to pick up tennis racquets, they can go for longer rallies.

 

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“Now all four have arrived where they can play a longer rally. Meanwhile they also ask me if I come to play. At the beginning it was said: ‘You’re not my coach! Dad doesn’t have to interfere in the game’. So I said, ‘Okay, do it the way you feel is right. At some point you might have to come to me or mommy,” Federer said.

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The Swiss star was recently voted the best athlete in his homeland in the last 70 years. 

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Receiving the piece of honor at the Sports Awards, Federer said he wasn’t sure of participating at the Australian Open next year as his recovery from the knee surgery is still behind schedule.

However, he added that deferment of the year’s first Major would give him some weeks to work on his fitness and make himself available for the event.

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The start of the Australian Open was eventually postponed to February 8.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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