“Don’t See Any Revolution Per Se”: Roger Federer on Great Challenges in Present Day Tennis

Published 08/27/2021, 12:28 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville


Apart from his legendary playing style, Roger Federer is also known for his insights and analysis about tennis. To add onto to that, he shed some light on the new challenges in the sport and the means to overcome them.

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Firstly, the Swiss maestro denied the idea of a revolution approaching. Instead, he believes there will be a physical evolution, and players will need to learn to keep up with it. Federer also mentioned how science would play a big part in tennis in the future.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Joe Toth

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Roger Federer on change and challenges in tennis

During a Uniqlo’s ambassadors meet, Federer joined tennis wheelchair professionals Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid to discuss various aspects of the sport. Primarily, he revealed what will be the biggest challenge in the coming times.

“I don’t see a revolution per se. I just think players are going to get fitter and stronger,” Federer said. “And because of that, they are able to keep their level of play for longer. For us, I think it’s going to be the key how you stay injury-free for a long period of time, which is going to be the challenge.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during the break in his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

Furthermore, the 20-time Grand Slam champion shared how science will benefit the coming-of-age tennis professionals. In the end, it dawned on him the many similarities between tennis and wheelchair tennis.

“But, I think with sport science and stuff like this, a lot of guys will find good ways. It’s interesting to see how many similarities we actually have (Tennis and wheelchair tennis),” the Swiss maestro concluded.

Although the tennis mantle is yet to go to the next generation of players, it will be intriguing to see their growth in the next five years. As per Federer, fans are in for a high volume change in the competitive market.

Why did Federer end his 2021 season early?

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At the Wimbledon Championships 2021, Federer pushed himself to the limit. Subsequently, he lost in the quarterfinals but also realized his knee injury again.

Hence, Federer announced that he would require a third surgery on his knee. As a result, he would not compete at the US Open or any other tournament in 2021.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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