They had been born a couple of months aside in the summertime of 1981, however Roger Federer and Serena Williams are two tennis gamers who’ve made tennis historical past and who see a number of of their data imprinted within the numerous Golden Rolls and above all within the heads of followers.
This yr, each Roger Federer and Serena Williams will flip 40, and the probabilities of both of them successful extra Grand Slam tournaments seem more and more sophisticated. 43 Grand Slam titles in two with Serena who has lengthy been chasing the 24 title to match Margaret Courtroom’s report and Roger Federer who’s presently stopped because of a critical damage and main the rating of tennis gamers with probably the most Slams (20 ) along with the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal.
Tennis legends Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the Williams sisters have been dodging questions on their retirement for a few years now. In that context, snooker legend Ronnie O’ Sullivan has supplied a novel perspective to the predicament confronted by ageing sporting legends.
O’Sullivan on Roger Federer
“I can’t compete with the youthful gamers. They pot too good and have plenty of cue energy,” Ronnie O’ Sullivan stated in an interview with Eurosport. “It’s like tennis, plenty of the older gamers like Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal.”
O’Sullivan additionally tried to elucidate why somebody like Roger Federer continues to plug away, regardless of not ‘needing’ to take action. In keeping with the Englishman, simply the possibility to be energetic – as an alternative of being cooped up at dwelling – is sufficient motivation for Federer to delay his retirement.
“You have got these younger guys coming so they aren’t going to have it their very own method as a lot, so you need to adapt. Does Roger Federer have to play? Most likely not however he most likely fairly enjoys getting out of the home.”
After falling within the semifinals to the eventual champion in Novak Djokovic on the Melbourne Park final yr, Federer underwent surgical procedure on a troubling knee and introduced a break from tennis to provide himself sufficient time to recuperate.
Talking on the awards night time in his homeland in direction of the shut of final yr, the Swiss famous person revealed he wasn’t positive of enjoying this yr’s Australian Open as his restoration from the surgical procedure was nonetheless not on time.
He did journey to Dubai, his typical base for the pre-season coaching, and began practising underneath the watchful eyes of his coach Ivan Ljubicic.