“It’s Easy in Switzerland”: Roger Federer Details How a Normal Day Looks Like in His Homeland

Published 04/05/2021, 11:43 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

There’s a flip side to being one of the leading sports celebrities and Roger Federer knows it all too well. While the 20-time Grand Slam champion enjoys an enviable following on social media, he is inevitably mobbed for selfies and autographs during tournaments, though not as much in the new normal of social distancing!


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But is it similarly frenetic back home in Switzerland?

Not nearly as much, said the champion in an interview with Swiss-German daily Aargauer Zeitung.


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Roger Federer says what’s guaranteed in his homeland is peace and quiet

Federer, who returned to competitive action at ATP Doha after taking a 14-month break to recover from a second knee surgery that he underwent last year, said that while “no two days are the same” back home, what’s guaranteed is some “peace and quiet”.

The Swiss, who won his highly anticipated comeback match against Briton Dan Evans, only to go down in his next against big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, said he spends his days in Switzerland as any other family would.


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“No two days are the same, that is clear. We are spontaneous and do what other families do,” the six-time Australian Open champion said.

He added that the quiet, laidback way of living back home lets him step out with his kids into the woods or to a nearby park or playground on weekends.

“Fortunately, it’s easy in Switzerland…for example, I went to the forest with my children and went to the park the day before. Or we go to the playground,” said the Swiss, who also has eight Wimbledon titles to his credit.

Roger Federer says it’s important for him to be outdoors with his family when he is in Switzerland

Federer said it’s important for him to ensure that he stays in the lap of nature as much as possible as it brings him peace and lets him focus on what’s ahead. He added that spending a lot of time outdoors is part of his daily routine while he is in his homeland.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium on day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

“It is important to me that we are outdoors a lot and in nature and also enjoy the peace and quiet a little,” Federer said.


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(Quotes have been translated via Google)


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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.