Roger Federer: “It hurts to see a tennis player with psychological problems”

In a recent interview with GQ, Roger Federer expressed his opinion on the issue of mental health of athletes. The Swiss Maestro said: “It hurts to see a tennis player who is not well psychologically.cThe stress is enormous.”

The Swiss champion, will come back to the court in 2022. In the interview he added: “I think this is mostly due to social media: in the first ten years of my career they weren’t there, I just had a website , then in the next ten years they were everywhere.

Players, tournament organizers and journalists must confront each other. We need a revolution. Or at least an evolution. We have to help young people. I can’t imagine the beginning of my career with social media.

For every ten nice comments there is always one negative and, of course, that’s what you focus on. It is a horrible situation. Even when I’m feeling down, I know I have to act a certain way in front of the world press and it’s not always easy. We are human beings.”ù

Roger Federer: “It hurts to see a tennis player with psychological problems”

One of the episodes that made the media think a lot saw Federer as an indirect protagonist. The documentary Untold produced by Netflix in fact recounted the bad period Mardy Fish spent in the final part of his career. Bad period that degenerated on the eve of the match against Federer at the US Open. The American could no longer handle the tension and decided to retire before the match began.

The interview focused on what started with Naomi Osaka, who is trying to find the serenity that characterized the first and winning years of her career. After the case that broke out at the Roland Garros, when she announced that she would not speak to the press before retiring from the tournament, there has been a lot of talk about the mental health of the athletes and the depression that has affected the Japanese in recent months.

Osaka has returned to play an official tournament on the WTA Tour in Cincinnati, but she has never been able to express her best tennis on the American Tour. At the end of the match lost to Leylah Fernandez at the US Open, the former world number one also burst into tears at a press conference.