Roger Federer could easily make Australia one of his first stops once he begins travelling for pleasure in weeks or months as a former tennis player.
The 41-year-old icon who retired in a tear-stained celebration at his own Laver Cup early Saturday in London, could not rule out a nostalgic return to the country where he won the Open in Melbourne six times.
“I have no plans yet to be honest,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said as he called time on his career, “for any of those types of trips, big trips, long trips.
“This is a complete family discussion, as you can imagine, so this one needs some time.”
Federere hung up his racquet amid a flood of emotion as he and rafale Nadal lost a doubles rubber for Team Europe to the Rest of the World side of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
Asked by Australian television as to any future plans, he advised: “Of course I would love to come to Australia at some point. I don’t know if it’s gonna be.
“Somehow it seems hard right away to do it this year (the Open next January) , and especially under the (COVID) situation that we are still under.”
But he held out hope: “But all of a sudden, I will look at the schedule the next few weeks anyway. I have to now see what comes at me the next few weeks.
Then I have a chance to speak to my (coaching) team, (wife) Mirka, and everybody – we’ll see.
“But I would love to, of course. You know me.”