“There’s Only So Much I Can Do”: Roger Federer Reveals Experience of Not Having His Family Around at Wimbledon

Published 07/04/2021, 8:20 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs

Roger Federer has opened up on his experience of moving from one tournament bubble into another without his loved ones by his side.


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Appearing on a live show on Tennis Channel, also featuring nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova, Federer said it isn’t fun staying cooped up in a bubble and not being with his family.

The Swiss added that all he can do now is to check in on wife Mirka and kids thrice a day and ask if everything is okay back home.


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Roger Federer it feels ‘terrible’ being away from his family

Asked how he has been coping with the bubble life, Federer said, “Well terrible. Quite honestly, I am not seeing them, I am not with them. And that in itself is not good. I speak to them three times a day, checking with Mirka if everything’s okay at home but there’s only so much I can do.”

However, he added that he can’t thank his wife enough for having his back and managing things at home while he is out competing for titles.

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

“She is great. She has always got my back and she’s a very strong lady. She’s the best. So I can’t complain from the standpoint but it’s no fun not having them here,” the eight-time Wimbledon champion said.

Federer had his family staying over with him at Halle

Though Federer didn’t have his family by his side at Roland-Garros, they were with him at Halle, his traditional grass court tune-up event ahead of Wimbledon.

However, his stay in the German city was cut short this year as, coming into the tournament in the quest of his 11th career title, the Swiss was ousted in the round-of-16 by Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

He later confirmed that he would travel to Wimbledon without his wife and children as he didn’t want them to go through the rigors of a tournament bubble.

Federer said to a question from a member of the Swiss media contingent on what he plans to do on his off-day after reaching the fourth round at All England for the 18th time, he replied that he would take a tour of the lobby before walking back to his hotel room.


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He said he spends his off-day doing some training and later catching up with his team for a card game.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.



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