Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has opened up on what he does off court and off-season to stay in shape for big events.
Speaking in a live audio session on Spotify, Federer responded to a question on how he has adapted his training methods to stay fresh and motivated for Grand Slams and other big events even at his age.
“I think, at the beginning, when you’re young, you have to put in the hours, have to be able to be stay focused on court, prove to yourself that you can stay on the opponent, focus on the ball for 2, 3, 4, 5, whatever, how many hours you are doing a day.
Also, physically endure the stress. It’s one thing doing it in practice but it is another thing proving it in matches when the stress levels gets greater,” Federer said.
He said as a player hones his skills and picks up experience on the professional circuit, he also learns to listen to his body and deal with stress better.
“You could cramp because of stress, playing with fatigue, like a jet lag, changing surfaces, you know, from one day to the next, you’re changing surfaces and playing another match,” Federer said.
The Swiss said that as a player grows more experienced, he needs no advice how to manage himself as he learns to prioritize events.
“This, in the beginning, is all a learning experience but you have to learn quick. And then later, you know it all. So you don’t have to really work that much anymore.
So, you’re more into quality than quantity,” Federer said.
The ‘Swiss Master’ missed the bulk of the tennis action in 2020 as an extended period of recovery and rehabilitation kept him away from the Tour for months.
While his time away from tennis and given rise to questions on his future in the game, Federer, himself, has dismissed all retirement talk.
He has asserted that his recovery is going well and he has begun training to make a strong comeback next season.
However, Federer hasn’t made himself available for the Australian Open next year.