Roger Federer has directly addressed retirement rumours, insisting that he is planning at least two more years on the ATP Tour.
Federer is now 38 and hasn’t won a Grand Slam for nearly two years, prompting suggestions that he is winding down his career.
However, Federer has revealed that is far from the case, claiming that his final season will be much more relaxed from a fitness and preparation point of view – and that won’t be 2020.
“I feel like I have a lot [of gas],” Federer said. “The good thing is I don’t know when it is going to end.
“So my preparations when it comes to my fitness and my practise, it is always based on the unknown. Which means I am planning to play for over a year.
“All of a sudden it might end quickly but my fitness coach always told me ‘let me know if I feel like you are going to have one more year to play then you do not have to do fitness sessions anymore. We’ll just play tournaments, you will enjoy yourself and we will do that’.
“But I am planning a fitness block in December and another one in the spring and so forth.
“As long as I am motivated to do that – fitness, practice and all the travelling – things are looking good.
“When you are healthy, like I am right now, it’s more fun to play, because when you have one problem it is kind of OK, if you have two it gets tough.
“Whenever you have three at the same time, you know you need a break and you feel like it is foggy and it is just not fun, to always play hurt.
“So I really try to be extremely in a good shape, make sure to sleep enough, have a great time with my family and friends, not just go through the daily routines which become boring and I burn out.
“So I really try to make it fun for me on the road.”
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