Roger” federer> is back in the Player Council to help tennis head in the right direction. The Swiss player believes the game is in a good state regardless of the many controversies going on. “We like to battle a little bit within our sport instead of maybe opening the horizon a little bit and the vision saying we should maybe battle other sports rather,” said Federer.
“But it is what it is. At the end of the day, I still think things are moving in the right direction. Things are positive. We have good numbers, you know, in terms of attendance, prize money. You name it, it’s all going up.
Could it be more? Yeah, maybe. Possibly. I don’t know. But I don’t like to talk bad about our sport, and I put in a lot of time and other guys have done the same, and we have a lot of very hard-working people in our sport that love their tournament, their sport, whatever, fans.
I think we really have particularly strong, how do you say, people that appreciate the game and love it and they don’t care. They can work for scraps and they’re just happy to be part of the show, you know. We’ve got to take care of those people.
Sometimes maybe it stops us potentially of having the super entrepreneur at the very top leading things at a certain tournament, but at the same time, I also like it that way, to be honest, when it’s not all so business and all so driven and it’s maybe a bit more on the amateur side sometimes.
I like it. Seems friendly to me, and, you know, the game’s got to grow. It has to grow, of course. I’m aware of that, too. And maybe by joining the council, I can help a little bit there. But, you know, I think the game is definitely in a much better place than it was 20 years ago when I came about and it was already in a good place then.
You always are going to go through ups and downs, but you won’t hear me talk bad about the game, to be honest.”