WATCH: Roger Federer hits the slopes for the first time in 15 years
Roger Federer is enjoying his retirement as he is finally able to enjoy the hobbies that he wasn’t able to take part in while he was playing professional tennis.
Coming from Switzerland, Federer has always been passionate about skiing and often went on skiing trips during the early parts of his career. However, he was forced to give up the hobby after he nearly picked up a serious back injury.
After retiring in September last year following his failure to recover from a knee injury, the 41-year-old admitted in December that he was keen to return to the slopes although his knee wasn’t yet ready to deal with too much strain.
“I am still a little bit scared [when it comes other sports] right after retirement as my knee has been a little bit so-so and that [skiing] has to wait,” the former world No 1 said in an interview.
“As time goes by I will be able to do more trips and we are always planning our vacations and I want them to be really fun. They can become a little bit more creative.”
Fast forward a few weeks and he is finally able to take part in one of his favourite pastimes.
“It’s been 15years, it feels so good to be back on the slopes ⛷️ #newbeginnings,” he captioned his Instagram post.
Federer originally injured his knee at the 2020 Australian Open and underwent surgery, but after an unsuccessful comeback he underwent another operation in 2021.
He told the media afterwards that his main motivation to recover from the knee injury was in order to enjoy life after tennis.
“I had this operation to be able to ski with my children, play football or tennis with my friends in the decades to come,” he said.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner has also confirmed in recent days that he will co-host the Met Gala on May 1.
“I am so excited to be coming back to New York to co-host this years Met Gala with @dualipa , Michaela Coel, @penelopecruzoficial and my dear friend, Anna Wintour,” he wrote on Instagram.
“The 2023 Met Gala celebrates the opening of “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” and provides The Costume Institute. #ALineOfBeauty opens to the public on May 5. I hope everyone enjoys there trip to the Metropolitan Museum.”
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