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“I Declined”: Leonardo Mayer Reveals Why He Rejected Roger Federer For Training

Published 10/21/2021, 5:37 AM EDT

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20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time. Many tennis players just love to get a glimpse of the Swiss Maestro and want to compete with him at any level- be it at a professional or a practice match.

However, there is a player who once turned down Roger Federer’s offer of hitting the net with him. He is none other than former Argentine player, Leonardo Mayer.


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Leonardo Mayer reveals why he rejected the offer of Roger Federer

In a recent interview to, Mayer revealed that Federer’s coach, Ivan Ljubicic, once contact him to hit the net with the Swiss Maestro in Switzerland. However, the Argentine player was so nervous that he rejected his offer.

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“I couldn’t train. He was not going to be able to take the pressure of being with Federer; could not. (Ivan) Ljubicic, Federer’s coach, contacted the Niño (Mariano Hood), who was with me, and proposed it to him. I told him to let me think for a while, but I declined,” said Mayer. (Translated via Google Translate)


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Mayer mentioned that he feared that he couldn’t handle the pressure of training with Federer. Even though he took some time and thought about Ljubicic’s offer, he eventually turned it down.

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In the same interview, Mayer highlighted that he was not prepared to train with Federer. He believes that training with tennis superstars like Djokovic, Federer, or Nadal is not an easy task at all as one has to be on his toes all the time.

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They couldn’t believe it; imagine … I don’t know what excuse he gave him. But I didn’t feel ready to go there for a week, I think to Geneva. I did not want to suffer, you see. It is beautiful to train with Federer, with Nadal, with Djokovic, but at the same time they generate extra pressure on you, because they don’t miss a ball and you have to be one hundred percent,” added the former World No.21 player.


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