“I Was the Active One”: Roger Federer Explains His New Job During the Lockdown

Published 12/20/2020, 6:16 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during a practice session during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on in London, England. Picture Credit: Getty Images


Switzerland’s pride, Roger Federer has been associated with the game of tennis for well over two decades. The former world no. 1 has been one of the faces to help carry the weight of the sport. At one point, he was literally conquering everything that was up for grabs. 

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Federer was last seen at the Australian Open earlier this year. After that, he had to undergo a knee surgery, owing to which Roger has been off the tennis courts busy rehabilitating.

At the same time, the tennis season also came to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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During the lockdown, like everyone, Federer spent most of his time being home. Finally, he had the time to spend with his family after all these years being on the move. Recently, he was asked if he had discovered anything new during this lockdown.

Rodger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 04, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Roger Federer: Had a Lot More Time as I Couldn’t Train

“When I look back, I mainly see the organizational side. Otherwise, I knew what was going on in the family, but this time I was the active one,” Roger responded“There was a lot more time because I wasn’t allowed to train that much. That’s why everything came together for me. I really like to do that.”

The 8-time Wimbledon champion also mentioned becoming his children’s chauffer, being a good host to guests coming over. He also noted that he likes to have a great atmosphere along with some good wine. 

Roger elaborated more about his newfound activities during the lockdown.

“I almost became the little ones’ chauffeur. And I took pleasure in being a good host when the rules allowed visitors. In the past, everyone was happy when our friends just stopped by.”

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“Now I’ve taken care of everything around it: nice light, a nice atmosphere, the right wine. I had a lot more time to celebrate that.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

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It’s been almost a year since the Swiss was last seen on a tennis court. He is currently practicing in Dubai. All fans are eager to get a glimpse of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in February in Melbourne. 

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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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