“Age Is Just a Number”: Roger Federer Takes Inspiration From NFL Superstar Tom Brady

Published 02/08/2021, 1:23 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand 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 Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Tennis superstar Roger Federer has hailed veteran NFL stalwart Tom Brady for leading his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a stunning Super Bowl win on Monday.


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The 39-year-old Federer, who has been out of action for a year following knee surgery, is bidding to make a comeback this year. He seems to be taking inspiration from the age-defying feat of the 43-year-old superstar quarterback.

Federer took to Instagram to salute Tom Brady’s seventh career Super Bowl championship win


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Rolling back the years, Brady was on top of his game as he shepherded his troops ably and inspired them to a 31-9 win over Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.

In the process, the quarterback recorded the seventh Super Bowl championship win of his career, a feat that drew wholesome praise from Federer, who is bidding to make a Grand Slam comeback at Wimbledon this year.


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The Swiss, who is tied with old foe Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles, at 20 apiece, took to his Instagram to salute the “inspiring achievement” of the NFL superstar.

Sharing an image with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, with himself looking dapper in a black Tuxedo, Federer captioned it as, “@gisele (emoji) plus (emoji) equals 7. What an inspiring achievement. @tombrady Age is just a number (emojis).”

Roger Federer withdrew from the Australian Open this year

After his semi-final loss to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open last, Federer underwent surgery on a troublesome knee and announced a break from tennis thereafter to allow himself enough time for recovery.

Speaking at an awards gala in his homeland later last year, the Swiss icon revealed that he was unsure of competing at Melbourne Park this year as his recovery was still behind schedule.

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

While he traveled to Dubai, his usual base for the pre-season training block, and went through the paces under the watchful eyes of his coach Ivan Ljubicic, Federer released a statement announcing his withdrawal from the Australian Open.


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It wasn’t a decision taken in haste as Federer won six of his Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and came within a match of clinching his seventh one, last year.


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This year marks the first time since he started playing Grand Slam tennis that Federer has pulled out of the men’s draw at Melbourne Park.


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.