Roger Federer Doesn’t Want His Kids To Be Pro Tennis Players
by Tom Gainey | January 20th, 2016, 1:41 am
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After a swift win over Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Australian Open second round, Roger Federer revealed during an on-court interview that he didn’t want his kids playing on Rod Laver.

He then followed up in the written press with more of an explanation.

“I think it’s 40 years on the tennis tour that doesn’t excite me,” Federer said. “I think that’s what it would be. And they don’t necessarily love it the way I did.

“So that’s why, for me, it’s quite obvious that it’s not going to happen. Who knows? They are going to tennis lessons because daddy says so because I think it’s a good thing for them. Yeah, I mean, I think it’s a wonderful place, the tennis tour, otherwise I wouldn’t be on it. It’s a great sport to learn how to lose, to win, to figure it out, for friendship, discipline, you name it. For hand/eye coordination.

“I only think good things about it. I didn’t say it in a negative way. I just don’t think they will ever be a tennis player who is ever going to play on Rod Laver Arena. Maybe they will surprise me and one day they will be here and I will be home in the cold and they will be here. Who knows?”

Federer will likely be back on Rod Laver on Friday against Grigor Dimitrov.


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27 Comments for Roger Federer Doesn’t Want His Kids To Be Pro Tennis Players

Michael Says:

The title is misleading. Roger didn’t conclusively say that his kids will never play at Rod Laver Arena. What he has meant that, it is their choice finally and they are the best judge as what to take up as a Profession ? Roger ofcourse can advise from his end that Tennis will be a great vehicle to attain fame and wealth, but they will not come by default and a great deal of hard work, mental fortitude, perseverance, sacrifices and struggle is needed to make a name in the game and they must be prepared for a hard life.


FedExpress Says:

AO has the worst lines men and women. some decisions are shockers


calmdownplease Says:

`“I think it’s 40 years on the tennis tour that doesn’t excite me,” Federer said. “I think that’s what it would be…’

Oh Roger Purleeze!
If you could spend a hundred years on tour you’d sign right up for it in a FLASH.
That much is obvious!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Yeah exactly the man eats,sleeps and breaths tennis….


Sarah Says:

Hi GG, you can add further activities of the organism :)


calmdownplease Says:

And Sarah, you could post something that actually adds to sense dear!


Sarah Says:

CDP,Sorry, it was not my intention to offense GG or anybody else. Wanted to make a joke


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Sarah,no offence taken honestly,i have a thick skin,and everywhere else especially round my waiste,its middle age spread im afraid,used have such a fast metabolism now its slow,anyway i digress its all good no worries ;))….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah i dont know his secret i wish i did?….


Sarah Says:

Hi GG, I have no idea, which his secret may be, but he was and still is annoying good…


Sarah Says:

Personally I think his tennis style is more efficient, Rafas style is and was more consuming, from physical point of view…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah its all true,but i dont go into it too much to be honest,as i get tired of hearing my favorite wont be playing when hes 35,he will retire when hes 30 etc etc,never ending cliches comparing him with his rival,i care hes still playing now so i only live in the present moment….


calmdownplease Says:

I would rather live in the past, if I were a Nadal fan, all things considered.
Funny how short people’s memories are about Rafa though..
He really is one of the Greats
And the only real goat (in clay) that we have without a debate ensuing.
And that really is that
As to the other, I still don’t know what you 2 are going on about?


Sarah Says:

GG, Rafa has to change a little bit his style. He still could have good results, but he cannot play in the same way, like he did in the past…
As you see, Nole is changing also his tile: he improved his serve, he’s comming often to the net, plays more agressiv…he tries to be more efficient..


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP im not sure i follow, i dont live in denial or the past,and i certainly know he aint the player he was,its not like i need a weather forecast to tell me when its pissing down with rain,the only thing i want him to do is carry on playing without been compared to Federer,and been pushed off to retirement….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^Same post for Sarah^….


calmdownplease Says:

I didn’t say you were in denial.
‘Debbie Downer’ would actually be a better handle for you ;0)
I’m just saying If you are living in the moment with Nadal it’s a rough ride, and as a Muzz fan I can relate!
(I’m trying to be nice, so enjoy it while it lasts ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP LOL Who the hell is Debbie Downer?anyhow thats what im talking about Nadals future not past,the past is history the futures a mystery,as they say so who knows,ill have a look in my crystal ball ;)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Although i might be denying im in denial?….


calmdownplease Says:

Crystal Ball?!!

Are you serious?

No doubt your crystal ball was a Poundland knock off…

I hope you aren’t that pikey Palm reader down in Camden that strung me a line or two of gibberish when I crossed her palm with more than a little bit of silver?

mmm?

I would like to tell her that I wasn’t too impressed with her `seering’ at all
No mam!
But really, one must never hold a vendetta against a gypo..
Esp a female one involved in the dark arts!


calmdownplease Says:

`Although i might be denying im in denial?’

Well, mmm ah……………..


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think Federer is saying he doesn’t want to do 40 years on tour, he’s saying his kids probably won’t want to. It won’t be like a fresh new thing for them, it’ll be a continuation of what their dad did and it just might not be exciting enough to pursue.

Considering how much Federer loves tennis he’d probably love it if his kids went pro and were successful and everything, but he’s not going to force them into it. Tennis lessons? Sure. But especially considering how much wealth he has, his kids can pursue literally whatever they want.


Okiegal Says:

@Sarah…..Some folks on TX don’t want to joke around….they prefer a big fuss!! They are the happiest when they are putting fans and their favorite players down…….


RZ Says:

Darn, I was hoping to see Federer-Federer vs. Federer-Federer in the 2036 Wimbledon mixed doubles final.


Ben Pronin Says:

RZ, why stop at mixed doubles? Men’s final will be Federer vs Federer, women’s final will be Federer vs Federer, and the men’s and women’s doubles finals will be Federer-Federer vs lesser players.

And Papa Federer is going to enter a state of nirvana from all the Federer tennis domination.


RZ Says:

@Ben – Sounds good to me! :-)


J-Kath Says:

Might be a wee Djokovic in there disrupting Fed’s plans….and a beautiful wee boy with Kim’s face coached by his dad Andy….everything different, everything the same….

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