Roger Federer Reveals Talking Tennis With Rafael Nadal, Spending Time With Family and More in Quarantine

Published 03/30/2021, 3:26 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 05: Roger Federer and his wife Miroslava ‘Mirka’ Vavrinec Federer attend the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)


Tennis professionals hardly ever get the time to stay at home. In fact, Roger Federer had even confessed that he could not spend over three months in Switzerland. However, 2020 brought a drastic change in everyone’s life, and the Swiss maestro welcomed the time off.

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While the pandemic outbreak wreaked havoc everywhere, it also gave people time to be around their loved ones, and Federer made sure to make the most of this time with his family.

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What did Roger Federer do during the quarantine?

Roger Federer denied binge-watching movies and series and chose to spend his time off with his family instead. He even explained the difference between his tennis life and life at home.

Federer said“No, I haven’t ‘binged’ that much, neither movies nor series. I was busy becoming the family quarterback. For once. In my tennis life, I make big decisions, and people manage the day-to-day for me. There, I was really happy to pilot details with my wife, to think of things for the children, the garden, the house.”

(All quotes have been translated from French to English via Google Translate)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in the Men’s Singles Semi-Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 12, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

Apart from family time, the 20-time Grand Slam champion even stayed in contact (virtually) with the tennis world. He revealed, “I made video meetings with ATP, I communicated with Rafa [Nadal] in particular.”

The 39-year-old added how he used to live his life on the run, but now, things were quiet. “In my normal life, everything was improvised based on the results. I often left at the last minute, took out my things, and put them back together. Since the confinement, I have had time,” the Swiss star said.

However, Federer laughingly said that he does not rule out becoming a ‘binge-watcher’ in case the situation prolongs.

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Federer in the 2021 season so far

Roger Federer is presently training to gain ultimate fitness for the coming tournaments. And although he has called Wimbledon his target, fans would love to see him play in the clay-court season.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles match against Tennys Sandgren of the USA on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Ultimately, health will be the top-most priority for the Swiss maestro. Thus, there is no way to know where he will play next. But, in time, he will be back on the court again.

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