Roger Federer Details the Key Lessons He Has Learned Throughout His Tennis Career

Published 12/05/2020, 6:15 AM EST
Roger Federer celebrates victory during his mens singles first round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during Day one of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Roger Federer made his professional tennis debut in 1998. And in a tennis career that has stretched over 20 years, the Swiss Master has learned a lot of life lessons. He will turn forty next year and that means he has spent half his life playing professional tennis.

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In a recent chat on the Podcourts podcast, Federer revealed certain values that tennis has taught him, the first being anticipation.

“Yes of course, I think anticipation, you know on a tennis court we anticipate every single move we do, I think in your life you do sometimes the same, not every step you take, but in life, we also anticipate a lot, we try to plan a lot and that as tennis players we have to do that take a decision, micro-decisions on a tennis court.”

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Roger Federer celebrates a victory in his quarter-final at 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Roger Federer details on dealing with business deals and tough times

Further, tennis has helped Federer in his business endeavors as well. Because of tennis, he has become a brand, and knowing when to agree and disagree with a deal is important. That is a crucial decision-making skill the sport has taught Federer.

“But then also just in general too from a business perspective I had to take so many decisions. ‘Who I want to work with, which tournament to play’, ‘how we going to do this, yes or no to sponsorship or to press requests’, whatever it may be, so I learned a lot there.”

Dealing with injuries and defeats has taught Federer perseverance and the ability to deal with tough moments.

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“And then just the sheer all the stuff when it comes to being able to battle through sort of the perseverance that we were talking about before, you fighting through injury, overcoming tough moments coming back from defeat. I see a million things that I have learned from tennis and I am super grateful.”

Roger Federer at the 2020 Australian Open. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Federer is currently recovering from a knee surgery. He is back on the court and is getting ready for the 2021 Australian Open. With the offseason extended further, Federer has time to get ready and force a battle for the first Grand Slam of the season.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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