Lately, Roger Federer’s personal life has been as news-worthy as his on-court exploits. It’s hard to know what to make of it all – wedding bells and babies, racquet smashing and mental breakdowns. . .
Blogger Van Sias, of Tennis Talk, Anyone?, offers us this considered perspective on Roger Federer’s current situation:
You know, this might be one of the biggest understatements ever made, particularly for GOTOTENNIS, but I’m going to make it anyway:
Roger Federer is one of the most intriguing, captivating and scrutinized players to come around on either tour in years. I know, pretty obvious, right? But think how much his every move is noted by tennis fans around the world. And if he’s in a slump, how everyone and their mom wants to give him advice (yours truly definitely being among them). Every time he does something, it’s immediately on the radar of everyone that pays attention to the sport. And lord knows we comment on it!
So why stop now?
There were two things Federer did in the past few days that made headlines, and while I might question some of what he does (like not finding a full-time coach), I can’t be happier about what he’s done.
First, the wildcard to Monte Carlo: Now this, my friends, is what I’m talking about! Don’t rest, don’t shy away from the young guns—go after them with every bit of energy you have! Federer is the hunter now and needs to embrace that role. If he does, watch out.
Then, of course, there’s the marriage: There, it’s done. Let’s move on. I promise I’m not trying to trivialize it (especially as someone who’s getting married in a few months!), but this can’t be anything but good. You always hear once parenthood or marriage comes in, it hurts an athlete. I just don’t see that happening at all here, and I think he’ll be in a better place for it.
So Roger (and Mirka), congratulations on the recent moves. And just remember, we’re all watching and cheering you on!