Roger Federer stated that tennis doesn’t interest him anymore after spending so many years on the circuit. He also said that he wishes his kids don’t take up tennis as a career.
Federer spoke to USA today after he dispatched Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 and entered the third round of the Australian Open 2016.
“We’re trying to bring them into the game a little bit even though I don’t think we’ll see them here one day. I would be happy if they don’t end up being on this court, actually” Federer said about his six-year-old twin girls who were watching the game.
Federer also said that he will support his twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, if they take up any sport. He added that he would love to see them become skiers.
“I will support them all the way whatever they want to do but I don’t see myself doing that right now,” Federer told ESPN. “I’d rather support them in another sport. Go see them be a super skier. That would be exciting.”
Federer also has a second set of twins, boys born in the spring of 2014, named Leo and Lenny.
Ivan Ljubicic, Federer’s new coach, was also in the box watching him play. He joined long-term mentor Severin Luthi in December after Stefan Edberg, his coach for two years, left to spend more time at home.
Edberg was influential in Federer’s career and made a huge impact to revive the Swiss’ ranking in 2014. Stefan was also present in the box to watch his second round game.
In dispatching Dolgopolov, the Swiss had been in top form, hitting 39 winners. He wrapped up the game in an hour and 33 minutes. Federer will now play a tough third round game against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who has huge potential to become his successor.