A tropical holiday beckons for Family Federer
After his semi-final exit at the ATP Finals, tropical holidays beckon for Roger Federer, with the 20-time Grand Slam champion putting aside some time to ponder a return to the clay in 2019.
“I can’t wait to go on vacation with the family,” the father of four said after losing in London to Alexander Zverev.
Federer said that during his time away he will already be working out final details of next season in hopes of extending his solid campaign from 2018.
“It doesn’t bother to work hard in the off-season. My team and I are eager to see what we’re going to work on exactly,” he said.
“Also what’s the decision on the clay, seeing what’s going to transpire through the vacation, what is my thoughts, all that, then taking the decision at some point in next few weeks on that.”
The 37-year-old confirmed that he will be back on court from late December, when he is due to start for Switzerland at what is likely to be the final edition of the Hopman Cup teams event in Perth.
“The plan is to play again next year, and come up with a good schedule that suits my family, suits (wife) Mirka, me. Also that suits fitness coach, physio, coaches, and everybody.
“That’s why it’s good that we have time now.”
With 2018 highlighted by a return to the No. 1 ranking (he currently stands third behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) and four titles including a second straight Australian Open, Federer still has plenty of motivation.
“I like taking decisions, so it’s all good. I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis.
“As disappointed as I might be about this match, if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.
“It’s been an historic season in some ways. Getting back to world No. 1 was a huge moment in my life, to be honest, in my career because I never thought I would get there again.”
He added: “Here I am having actually a pretty good season physically, as well, won another slam. You can see it as a very, very positive season. That’s probably how I will look back on it, as well, once on vacation.”