“A Bigger Chance of Injuring Yourself”: Roger Federer Reiterates the Importance of Managing a Jetlag

Published 12/05/2020, 2:30 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


The wait is about to be over, and Roger Federer will soon be returning to the court. It is almost a year since fans last saw the Swiss Maestro and are hoping that he would make a terrific comeback at the Australian Open 2021. However, will Federer be able to make an effective return, especially after missing an entire season?

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Apart from returning from an injury, what adds trouble for the 39-year-old is the jetlag. In a recent podcast, the 20-time Grand Slam champion spoke extensively on how jetlag could impact his performance. He believed it was something that every player had to think about.

“100% (have to think about jetlag). That’s why some professionals sacrifice a few more days at home to leave early for the tournament to get over the jetlag…but you also have to think that is it worth it?” asked Federer.

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Rodger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 04, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Roger clearly highlighted that it was important to get over jetlag before going to matches, pointing out the importance of planning a schedule properly.

“You would try to have a schedule that doesn’t make you go from South America to Asia to America to Africa to Europe. You know, so you try to have inswings rather,” added the former World No.1.

“Bigger chance of injuring yourself”– Roger Federer on playing with a jetlag

Federer further said that playing with jetlag involved a lot of risks. He believed that it had the potential of causing an injury to a player.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

“When you are playing with jetlag, you have a bigger chance of injuring yourself. Because you know the body might be sleeping and you are awake or vice versa,” continued the 39-year-old.

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The Swiss legend reiterated the importance of managing things and said that it all could make a difference in the game.

“I do believe how you manage your jetlag, how you manage your flight and pre-flight routines, all make a difference throughout your career,” he concluded.

This was definitely some wise advice for players, especially for the youngsters. Federer’s determination is not just limited to his game, but he takes care of his daily routine. Fans certainly expect him to win his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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