Roger Federer confessed on Monday that this summer’s virus-mandated Wimbledon wipeout is affecting his spirits.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner who has claimed eight of his titles on the London lawns, was presenting his new tennis shoe model, “The Roger,” at an online event for Swiss company On.
The 38-year-old made an investment in the Zurich firm in 2019 and has been involved in the product design process.
The intro event was held on what is usually “Manic Monday” at Wimbledon, when all 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round matches are played to start the second week of the fortnight.
But with tennis halted since early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federer and the rest of the ATP and WTA have been out of competition for four months.
The Swiss would have missed most of 2020 anyway after undergoing two medical procedures on a troublesome right knee which his coach has said is now in perfect working order for a January, 2021, return to action.
“It was pleasant for me to stay in one place for a long time. I have not seen this in more than 25 years,” Federer said.
“But of course I miss Wimbledon. “
He said that his main driving force in the sport where he has won almost everything on offer is the chance to step back onto the lawns on SW 19 in a year’s time.
“Wimbledon gave me everything,” he added.
As for his new footwear, Federer said: “I hope it’s a shoe that you would like to wear every day. It should be so comfortable that it feels like a watch,” added the brand ambassador for Switzerland’s Rolex.
“I’m tired of wearing uncomfortable shoes for a while now. Going into lifestyle (design) is something very special for me.”
The shoe is being launched to mark the 17th year since Federer won his first Wimbledon title in 2003 over Mark Philippoussis.
It is also 11 years since he beat Andy Roddick in the 2009 final to win his fifth Wimbledon crown, becoming the first man in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles.