“Cannot Keep Children in One Room”: Roger Federer Opens Up on Traveling With Family During Pandemic at French Open 2021

Published 06/04/2021, 11:48 AM EDT
ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive at St Mark’s Church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte are in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)


Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has moved into the third round of the French Open 2021. He is competing in his first Grand Slam event after close to 500 days.

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However, things have changed since the last time he competed at a Grand Slam event. Players are living in bubbles in some cities, which are subject to rules and regulations depending on the specified city. 

After his match, Roger Federer spoke on the possibility of traveling along with his family on Tour. In the past, he has always been known to travel with his entourage, which includes his family and a set of coaches.

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However, due to the pandemic and its effects, he has not found it ideal to have his kids along. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: The children of Roger Federer of Switzerland, Charlene, Myla, Lenny and Leo are seen during the Men’s Singles first round match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 2009 French Open champion stated, “My first thought with Mirka is to get through Wimbledon and see how it feels and we go from there. Our initial goal is to get in shape for the grass-court, Wimbledon in particular. But so far so good, everything’s okay with Mirka has got things under control. The kids are not completely misbehaved yet.”

Roger Federer is ready to adhere to situations at different venues

Whatever decision he takes, it will be with his wife, Mirka Federer’s consent. The situation with the pandemic differs in each city.

In Doha, the restrictions were lesser compared to Paris and other European cities. At the same time, the Swiss maestro fully supports the necessary protocols and is happy to comply with them. 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland and his wife Mirka Fderer celebrate with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after Federer won the Men’s Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 39-year-old further added, “But it’s true it’s completely different from Doha actually the bubble was somewhat okay for the players but it is so different here. I don’t know where to start. In Geneva, I could stay with my family but there was a lot of testing going on-site, I’m all for it but I cannot keep my children in one room for four weeks, it’s just not going to work.”

Coming to tennis, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will be up against German player Dominik Koepfer. It will be interesting to see if he can make it to the second week at the French Open 2021

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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