“Not So Brutally up and Down”: Roger Federer Reveals His Crazy Goal Once He Retires From Tennis

Published 05/11/2021, 7:16 AM EDT
Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Tennis superstar Roger Federer has taken up a new role lately. He has become the ambassador of Swiss tourism. The living legend is certainly enjoying his new role and has engaged in a number of promotional activities regarding Switzerland.

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Recently, Roger Federer spoke about the activity of cycling in the mountainous region. Switzerland has a number of regions where people go cycling. Cycling is an activity which is done at a serious level and is considered a sport, especially in regions like the Bernese Alps and the Swiss Alps.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Swiss national spoke on this subject and stated, “I’ve been told there’s something like 65,000 kilometers of cycling trails in Switzerland. Hiking and cycling are the go-to things for everyone to do in Switzerland.

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“Some of the most spectacular hiking trails I like are by Gstaad in the Bernese Alps. It’s not so brutally up and down, it’s more of an even slope, which is great for hiking. The same goes for Appenzell, which is a very nice place that is not so famous.”

Roger Federer spent time in the Swiss mountains after injury in 2016

When he injured himself after Wimbledon in 2016, he took a break from the men’s Tour. During that period, he spent time hiking in the Swiss regions. However, he wishes to cycle around Switzerland when he decides to hang up his boots. The former Grand Slam champion is well versed in the geography of his nation.

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

The 39-year-old further added, “When I was hurt in 2016, I spent a lot of time on the hiking trails in Gräubunden, where I live now. One of my goals, when I retire, is that I’ll have time to explore our mountain bike trails. Mountain biking has become really big in Switzerland because we want to make the mountain regions year-round destinations.”

Moving on to tennis, Roger Federer returned on Tour after 14 months. He played at the ATP 250 event in Doha. He is scheduled to feature at the ATP event in Geneva next week. It’ll be interesting to see how the Swiss ace performs in the upcoming tournaments.

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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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