Federer Returns To Halle, Praises New ATP Tour Technology | ATP Tour


What higher thirtieth anniversary current for the Terra Wortmann Open than a go to from ATP Tour greatness?

Ten-time champion Roger Federer was the visitor of honour Wednesday on the ATP 500 occasion in Halle, the place a particular ceremony was held to mark the Swiss’ achievements inside OWL Enviornment. The 103-time tour-level champion admitted it was surreal to drop again in on the ATP Tour after he performed his remaining skilled occasion on the Laver Cup final September.

“That is my first time again to a match [since I retired], so it feels a little bit bit unusual in an excellent manner,” Federer advised ATP Media on the match’s ‘Roger Federer Day’. “I at all times really feel when you’ve retired you want a correct function to return again, and that’s why we’re right here to have a good time the 30-year anniversary of the match right here in Halle.”

Federer boasted a 69-8 profession document in Halle, the place he triumphed in 2003-06, 2008, 2013-15, 2017 and 2019. He’s an integral a part of the historical past of the match, and photographs of the Swiss lifting the trophy nonetheless adorn the location in north-west Germany.

“With Halle, we go manner again,” stated Federer. “I don’t know the primary time I ever got here right here, perhaps 22 years in the past, and I performed 18 years in these years. Greater than only a partnership, it’s additionally turn out to be a friendship over time with the Weber household, first Gerhard Weber after which Ralf, who’s now the match director. So it’s been a beautiful time, clearly additionally [I had] plenty of success right here.

“[There were] nice occasions, good moments spent as effectively within the second a part of my profession with the household. My children can be working round all throughout the venue, and in addition the followers. We received to know all of them, there’s been plenty of moments for interactions as effectively. It’s been actually good, to be sincere, and I at all times love coming right here, so it’s very nice to return again once more as soon as I’m retired.”

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Roger Federer meets followers on ‘Roger Federer Day’ in Halle on Wednesday. Picture Credit score: TERRA WORTMANN OPEN/Valentin Diehl

Whereas Federer is having fun with his time away from skilled tennis up to now, he maintains a eager curiosity within the ATP Tour and the fortunes of his former rivals.

“I’m very stunned at how typically and the way often I examine scores,” stated the five-time year-end No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. “Thrice a day perhaps. Then in fact rapidly there’s occasions after I take a look at for like per week, after which I’m with the youngsters and I’m travelling, and also you neglect about every part round you. However for probably the most half, really, I’m actually into it.

“I believe there’s some nice matches occurring. I attempt to examine some highlights, reels greater than watching video games per se as a result of my life can be a little bit bit busy, however I’m actually completely happy [to]. I believe that the extent of play goes up many times and it’s good to see that. Additionally the brand new era, difficult the likes of Novak and in addition Rafa. I hope he comes again.

“It’s good occasions in tennis and I at all times stated that tennis is so nice at at all times retaining on evolving. So [I am a] massive fan of tennis and what all of the gamers are doing is completely incredible.”

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Regardless of his continued eager curiosity within the recreation, Federer admitted he has not stepped again on courtroom a lot since he partnered his nice on-court rival Rafael Nadal in his remaining match on the Laver Cup in London.

“I haven’t booked a courtroom but, referred to as up a good friend and stated ‘Let’s go play tennis’,” stated Federer. “That hasn’t occurred but, however I play loads with my youngsters, so I attempt to assist them a little bit bit, attempt to be a coach, nevertheless it’s not straightforward. It’s going to create some good recollections for us.

“Hopefully down the street I can play some exhibitions once more, when the physique is healed up and all able to go, however in the meanwhile I’m simply actually completely happy away from the sport. However like I stated, I comply with it nonetheless fairly carefully.”


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