Seven-time champion Roger Federer is tolerating a massive lifestyle change at Wimbledon brought on by COVID restrictions, with his usual pair of rented local homes replaced by an anonymous London hotel room.
But the 39-year-old Swiss, seeded sixth, is bearing up nicely, even as his wife and four children who are used to spending the grass fortnight in the luxury rented houses near the All England Club remain at home far from lockdown Britain.
“It’s a different Wimbledon,” Federer said on Saturday as he prepared to bring his 6-0 record into the first round against Adrian Mannarino. “It’s a bubble – hotel room size does not matter.
“Living this life (quarantine between player hotel and the club) is different.
“It took me a few days to get used to what we can do and not do in lockdown. But I’ve gotten used to it; I’m OK with it now.”
The 20-time grand Slam winner added: “It certainly does feel totally different than the last 20 years since I started coming here.
“But it’s still a privilege to be here with the team and play Wimbledon.
“I won’t be complaining after all I went through over the past year and a bit (two knee operations). I”m very happy to be playing Wimbledon.
“I know they are trying to put on the best bubble possible.”