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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