Roger Federer’s Former Fitness Trainer Reveals the Key Reasons for His Longevity

Published 08/10/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs


Roger Federer needs no introduction. He has been around for over two decades and throughout this time, he has certainly displayed some of the most sensational tennis on Tour. After all these years, the dedication still remains the same.

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Recently, fitness trainer, Paul Dorochenko spoke on Roger Federer’s longevity since he has had such a long illustrious career. He felt that one of the main factors that has helped him prolong his career is the balance he has with the Tour and his family. Secondly, he has dedicated his life to tennis.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

In an interview with La Nacion, the fitness trainer stated, “For two reasons. The first is for a personal matter of his. He is a person who has dedicated his life to tennis and the circuit is his world, his family, he is at home. For players, coaches, physical trainers, traveling is brutal fatigue. You are far from your family, every week you have a new hotel, a new bed, you have to meet new people; it is an effort.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

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Over the years, visiting various cities and blending with various cultures can take a toll on players. Interacting with the media and fans while constantly changing hotels can get strenuous at times. In the end, mental fatigue can make an appearance and if a player can manage that, they can do wonders. The Swiss ace has done this well.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

The trainer further added, “And when you do a tour of six or seven weeks, with other languages, another mentality, in the end, it is a lot of fatigue. What makes players stop playing is the mental part. He also has the money to travel with his family whenever he wants and when you see him in the locker room he is happy. Unlike many players, he is very good in the world of tennis.”  

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Federer has not played tennis since his Wimbledon Championships exit. He has decided to skip the events in Montreal and Cincinnati as well. It will be interesting to see if he competes at the US Open.

Watch this story: How Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Others Travel

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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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