Roger Federer Maintains Play Level in the Twilight of Career
WRITTEN BY THIROSHAN CHETTY, DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
Currently the world’s No. 2 ranked professional tennis player, Roger Federer recently turned 34 and continues to play with vigor and stamina of a much younger player. Earlier this year, he became the Open Era’s third player to achieve more than 1,000 match wins, according to ATP World Tour. Federer may be in the mix to compete against Andy Murray for the No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
How does he move into the twilight of his storied career and still compete at the highest level of professional tennis? While players – worn by injuries and hectic travel schedules – begin planning their retirement or seeking other career opportunities, the Swiss player exhibits few signs of slowing down any time in the future.
Stephen Edberg became Federer’s head coach in late 2013, increasing Federer’s tournament schedule and training intensity to grueling levels. Federer began adding more approaches to the net helping to shorten points and put more pressure on his opponents.
One of Federer’s greatest changes was from a 90-square- inch racquet head (Wilson Pro Staff 90) to a 97-square-inch one (Wilson Pro Staff RF97). It took him several months to make the adjustment but the results were impressive.
The racquet gave him more power on his shots while reducing his energy output. The overall changes have helped him to put less stress on his body while continuing to put forth the level of play he needs to still compete and win against the best players in the world.
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