Roger Federer has been considering planning and logistics for the admittedly difficult and complex Australian tennis summer despite no official word on the dates and structure of the Open.

The January ATP calendar may be a huge question mark due to COVID-19 planning and precautions – but that has not stopped the 20-time Grand Slam winner from pondering preliminary travel plans as is usual at this time in the off-season.

With up to a dozen people on his team – wife and four children included – usually making the trip to Melbourne each year, things are looking a lot different for 2021.

And if players are limited by the Australian government to just a pair of travelling support staff (coaches), the cutback could be a deciding factor for the Swiss.

“Organiszing my whole family requires a lot of organization and knowing how to plan everything very well,” he said after missing most of 2020 following a pair of knee procedures..

“It takes a lot of patience, but all this will continue to be worth it as long as my children like to travel and we all have a good time together.”

With his 40th birthday coming on August 8, Federer has already made a commitment to play the delayed Tokyo Olympics next summer – a sure sign that his iconic tennis career is still not over 

“It’s all based on how you keep the inner flame alive. I’ve played Cincinnati or Wimbledon 20 times in a row. Once you get back there, you want to keep doing it well and be as successful as possible. 

“You want to keep that fire going and win every point, every game, every match and much more.”

The Swiss credits his longtime team for increasing his longevity. “It’s very important to know how to surround yourself with the right people and, above all, to listen to your body well.

“It’s also important to organise a good calendar,” added the player who has yet to make his final decision on Melbourne.


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