Former Wimbledon Finalist Cites Roger Federer’s Example While Talking About Social Media Struggles

Published 11/10/2021, 10:36 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland attends a press conference in the Main Interview Room court after losing his men’s Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Joe Toth – Pool/Getty Images)


Lately, many athletes are speaking out on their struggles with mental health and even pulling out of important events. A lot of it has to do with the impact of social media and the issues that come with it. Recently, Roger Federer felt the same. 

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Even former Wimbledon semifinalist Zina Garrison recently spoke on the disadvantages of social media. She remembered her interaction with Serena Williams too, who had discussed the same concern when Zina was coaching Taylor Townsend.

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The mixed doubles Grand Slam champion stated, “I think it’s interesting, because, you know, I said, when I said about, like, what Serena was like the next champion, you know, back then when she was telling me about, you know, how to handle Taylor, next champion will have to learn how to deal with social media, and she was absolutely 100%. Right.”

The 3x Grand Slam mixed doubles champion then gave King Roger’s reference to make her point. She added, “But I’ve also recently seen Roger Federer come out, and also say, you know, back in his day, he, he didn’t really have to deal with that, but he had to learn to manage it.

Roger Federer understands social media from all angles

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When Osaka was going through mental troubles, even Roger Federer came out and spoke about the negative aspects of social media. No doubt, social media has its positives, but it can take a toll on youngsters who are not used to receiving negative comments from time to time. 

Naomi Osaka looks dejected during her match against Leylah Fernandez in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open. September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

As the Olympic gold medalist expressed, “You know, we talked about him around the condo, and literally, the day after she won the US Open. What I noticed was, immediately social media was like, everything was like on it, and she’s hitting back right away. First of all, they’re gonna have to get that under control, because she’s like, she’s out there, she’s young, there’s no way that she can really grasp what’s happening to her right now.”

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Coming to tennis, Federer was last seen at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. He lost in the quarterfinal and decided to end his season as he required another knee surgery. We hope to see him back on the courts competing again for the biggest honors in the game. All eyes will be on him when he steps on the courts again.

Watch this story: The Journey of Roger Federer to the Elite Billionaire’s Club

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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