“I’m Missing Out”: Roger Federer on Reinvented Hard Courts of Tennis

Published 11/21/2021, 12:49 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against David Goffin of Belgium on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Roger Federer recently shocked fans after withdrawing from the Australian Open 2022. He is currently recovering from his knee injury and, therefore, there are even doubts regarding his participation at the Wimbledon Championships 2022.

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It is for the second consecutive time that Roger Federer is not playing at the ongoing ATP Finals. Interestingly, the Swiss Maestro is one of the most successful players in the history of the tournament, as he has won the title six times.

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Roger Federer reveals that he misses playing tennis on the old hard courts

In a recent interview with an Italian news channel, Federer highlighted that he misses playing tennis on the traditional hard courts which were a lot slower. He mentioned that the US Open along with the ATP Finals offered some quite fast hard courts this year.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
“I heard also the US Open was fast, I’m hearing the Tour Finals is fast, so I’m missing out,” said Federer in the interview.

“Would have been nice to be in Turin”- Federer

In the same interview, Federer disclosed that the new fast courts are all a part of the sport and will ultimately prove to be good for it. He stated that even though he spent most of his time practicing on slow courts, he loves to play on the hard courts as well. Intriguingly, he also said that he would have been happy to play at the ATP Finals in Turin right now compared to recovering in Switzerland.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves court after winning his first round match against Fance’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
“It’s all good, it’s part of the game, I’ve had a great career so far, and I’ve learned a lot on the slow courts. I’ve enjoyed playing on the fast courts as well. But, also clay is where I grew up, so no problem. But it would have been nice to be in Turin instead of being in Switzerland right now, that’s for sure,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Fans hope that Roger Federer recovers soon and returns to the court quickly.
Will he be able to win yet another Grand Slam title before walking into the sunset?

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Anshul Singh

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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 1000 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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