“No Clue How I Would Have Handled”: Roger Federer on the Stress Faced by Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka

Published 09/27/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville


Fans were disappointed when Roger Federer announced the premature end to his 2021 season due to injury. He last played at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets in the quarter-finals. Even though he appeared at the Laver Cup 2021 as a spectator, he will not be playing any more matches at least till next season.

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Federer on Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon run

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In an interview right after the Wimbledon Championships 2021 to GQ, Roger Federer talked about Emma Raducanu’s amazing run at the Grand Slam. He mentioned that even though she is a brilliant player, he was sad to see her dealing with some stress during the Grand Slam.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021. Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her fourth round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Toby Melville

“I was following Emma Raducanu’s incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years. It’s been amazing, both of their stories. But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don’t feel well. The stress is so great,” said Federer.

Federer clearly highlighted that mental health is very important, especially for teenagers like Raducanu. He also talked about the mental health issues faced by Osaka. The Swiss player was disheartened by the issues that Naomi had to go through.

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“Need to help, coach and mentor the younger generation”- Roger Federer

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Federer believes that it is time for the professionals to help and mentor the younger generation. He even stated that he was lucky as social media wasn’t present during his early playing days.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

“We need a revolution. Or at least an evolution of where we are today. I think we do need to help, coach and mentor the younger generation more. I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media and I have no clue how I would have handled it… We need to remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also human too,” added the Swiss Maestro.

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Federer is currently recovering from a knee surgery and seems optimistic about a return next year. Let’s hope the Maestro can reach his former heights again.

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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 500 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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