Recently, Roger Federer appeared on a panel on tennis.com and spoke on a variety of subjects. Among them, he spoke on the impact of politics on tennis, playing in front of Pete Sampras, his children, his progress at Indian Wells 2019 and many more.
An important subject that he touched upon was the issue of politics in the sport. The Swiss ace admitted that the tennis world is undergoing an interesting phase. He stressed on the need for a plan for the future of tennis.
However, he confessed, “I’m not sure what the plan is and that’s the little thing, or big thing I’m worried about. I do believe we have unbelievable players, great matches, new guys coming through, stadiums being full, prize money being increased, i don’t know where to start. Everything’s going great.”
Next, he spoke about the ATP’s own cup, he even said that he was looking forward to see how the new Davis Cup format works out. He even praised the success that the Laver Cup has been reaping.
He continued, “Then you talk about the politics and you’re like ‘Oh my god, what’s going on here?’ So I think we really need to figure it out and I’d like to just feel the pulse a little bit of where we’re about to go. Because clearly, we need to decide who the new CEO is gonna be or the political side of the game has to do that. I would like to take an active role little bit to some extent as much time as I have. Just to be part of the process because I do care and I should put in a little bit of work as well.”
He revealed that he spoke to Rafael Nadal about it and the two of them were going through everything and trying to make sense of it. Both of them agreed that there is a need to come up with a proper plan. He also believes that if they get more players and people on the council, they will have a better understanding of everything.