Roger Federer drops surprise retirement hint… is this the first sign? At 36 years old, Federer is facing further questions about when he will call it a day on his illustrious career. Prior to 2017 he hadnt won a major in four years, his last coming at Wimbledon in 2012. Injury setbacks and a drop in form coupled with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murrays rise in the game looked as though he would be unlikely to add to his 17 Grand Slams. But he shocked everybody, including himself, by clinching the Australian Open earlier this year before winning his eighth Wimbledon title and finishing the season as world No 2, only just behind Rafael Nadal. He couldnt quite finish the year on a high, crashing out of the ATP Tour Finals in London last month. The tennis legend has won everything there is available in the sport, including the Davis Cup trophy with Switzerland back in 2014. But he has played just one tie for his country since then and will need to feature in another three to be eligible to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And Federer has suggested he has no plans to play in the Davis Cup against anytime soon meaning tennis fans may not see him in action at an Olympics ever again. I havent officially retired from the Davis Cup, Federer said. Its just because its always highly unlikely that Ill play at this stage of my career. . You know, I havent set Tokyo Olympics as a goal either. It hurt not being in Rio, but I was okay without it, too. I was flag bearer twice. I won gold. I feel like I achieved a lot of great things at the Olympics. Im not thinking that far ahead..
Hey, welcome to Unleash Your Tennis. My name’s Joel and my mission is to share my tennis knowledge with you so that you can improve your tennis game, and play your best tennis. (upbeat music) In this week’s Tweak of the Week lesson, I want to talk about stepping in when you hit your two-handed backhand shot. Now, a common mistake that I observed
when tennis player hit the backhand is that they tend to step
in and contact the ball, followed by step back for the recovery. Now, if you’re doing this, the tendency is you tend
to be out of balance. All right, and the shot has no power. Okay. So, if you’re hitting this way, step in, hit, step back. Step in, hit, step back. Then we find that I do
not have the good balance to strike the ball. So, what you should do is, instead of stepping back, think about bringing
your back leg forward. Okay. So, it look like this. So, I step in, contact the ball, and recover by bringing this leg up. So, if I’m facing you, if I turn to contact the ball, step in and come up. Bring up the back leg. Okay. So, what I need you to do is practice some shadow swings from here, step in. Okay. So, bring up the front, the back leg. Okay. So, turn, bring up the back leg. You’ll find that when you’re
in this forward pattern, you are more balanced and your shots will be more consistent. All right, so give this tip a try. I hope you find today’s lesson useful and applicable to your tennis game. If you like these bite-sized lessons, be sure to hit the red button bellow and subscribe to Unleash
Your Tennis Channel. That’s all for me today. Until next time, happy playing. (upbeat music)
Roger Federer and Mirka Federer both share THIS in common – can you guess it? Their surname, for one, while they are both from Switzerland and they have twins with one another. But there is now a new thing that the pair can toast – and you are unlikely to be able to guess it. For it has emerged this week that both Mirka and Roger feature in the top five names searched on Google in Switzerland! Top of the pile is the 19-time Grand Slam champion, who has been the most searched Swiss personality in his country in 2017. That follows a dream year in which he has won two Grand Slams – the Australian Open and Wimbledon – while mounting a challenge for the world No 1 spot with Rafael Nadal. Second is academic Tariq Ramadan while third is one of Federers friends – at least off-court – in Stan Wawrinka. Behind Wawrinka comes Rogers wife Mirka, a former tennis player herself. The pair met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney with Mirka enjoyed a career high ranking a year later, when she got to the world No 76 spot. However, she retired in 2002 due to a persistent foot injury but she has travelled the world with Roger since supporting him. The pair attended Pippa Middletons wedding to James Matthews earlier this year having tied the know themselves in 2009. They have two sets of twins – identical girls Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and boys Leo and Lenny.
Roger Federer: Why I think Rafael Nadal got injured at ATP World Tour Finals Nadals first win at the Paris Masters two weeks ago ensured he would end the year as world No 1, the oldest man ever to do so at the age of 31. However, he later pulled out of the tournament and played through obvious pain during ATP World Tour Finals defeat to David Goffin on Monday. The Spaniard subsequently ended his season because of a knee injury, a problem that he has encountered repeatedly during his career. Nadal enjoyed a fabulous season, winning two Grand Slams as well as reaching the final of the Australian Open where he lost to Federer. But Federer refused to blame scheduling or court conditions for Nadals injury, which has come with Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic already sidelined by injury. “Shave 10 years of our age, and we probably will do better,” Federer said with a smile after booking his place in a record 14th ATP World Tour Finals semi-final with a win over Alexander Zverev. “A lot of the guys are just touching 30 plus. “Back in the day, at 30, a lot of guys were retiring. “Edberg, Sampras, it was like normal at 29, 32, to start looking towards the end of your career. “Now you guys expect everybody to play till 36. “When somebody is injured at 31, its like, ‘Oh, my God, how is this possible?’ “Actually, its a normal thing. “If either you retire or you take a sufficient break so when you do come back you maybe have another few years left again because you really made sure your rehab is good. “So I think for the most part its age, coincidence.”. He added: “The season has been the same for many, many years, as we know. “I think just when you get older, you maybe have to manage your schedule maybe a little bit differently. “But some guys, they just go maybe all out for 15 years, and they do it until you sort of break down, then you just reset.”.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer joined by Alexander Zverev at ATP World Tour Finals The 20-year-old German will be the youngest player to compete at the season-ending tournament since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008, a year before it moved to its current home at Londons O2 Arena. Zverev has had a superb season, winning two titles, including Masters tournaments in Rome and Montreal, and climbing to number four in the rankings. He joins Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in booking his place at the event, which begins on November 12, leaving five spots still up for grabs. Zverev said on atpworldtour.com: Its obviously a great event, playing in the O2 Arena is something amazing for any player. The atmosphere is amazing. Ill be ready for it. This shows me how well I played all over the season, how consistent I was and I think thats something every player is very proud of. Zverev has also qualified for the inaugural Next Gen Finals in Milan the previous week and must now decide whether to play in both. Players are allowed to skip the Next Gen event, featuring the leading seven players of the year aged 21 and under plus one wild card, if they are in the field for the ATP Finals.
Roger Federer accused of letting Paris Masters fans down – Rafael Nadal ‘makes them smile’ Federer, 36, won the Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday – then withdrew from the Paris event hours later. There are more ranking points up for grabs in Paris than Basel – the former is an ATP Masters 1000 event while the latter is a 500 – but Federer remains unbothered. Thats incensed Forget, who says the French supporters have now been snubbed twice by the 19-time Grand Slam champion. That follows Federers decision to skip the clay-court season and not play at Roland Garros. Forget told : Rogers French fans will be disappointed because he missed Roland-Garros as he trained four hours a day because he was preparing the grass. These are choices that we have to accept, but when we love the beautiful game, and God knows if there are many people in France who like to see Roger play on the field, well they will have to watch it on TV or in another event. I believed [he would play] until the end. I am very disappointed – on the one hand as a lover of the beautiful game and especially as a tournament director. Many people are making efforts to best accommodate all the best players in the world. There are a number. Our tournament, like two years ago, is better when the eight Masters players are present here in Paris.. Although Forget is taking some solace in the fact Rafael Nadal is in action in Paris. He added: I think Nadal will sketch a small smile. The players who had to meet him will be a little relieved. Lucas Pouille will take Federers place in the draw. There are extremely talented players. There is Zverev who is world number 4, who may be Roger Federer of tomorrow..
– Hey, welcome to Unleash Your Tennis. My name is Joel and my mission is to share my tennis knowledge with
you so that way you can improve your tennis game
and play your best tennis. In this week’s tweak of the week lesson I want to talk about engaging
your non-dominant hand for your forehand shot. Now let me explain, many
times I’ve seen tennis players hitting the forehand shot this way, the two hands are crossing or this way… the non-dominant hand
is stuck at the side. So what I want you to do is to engage your non-dominant hand
throughout the shot. Okay? Now let’s start from the ready position, and now from the ready position
both hands are on the racket so when you start to take back,
both hands are on the racket at this stage, then as
I turn I gradually split split the two hands and I
use this hand as a guide for the oncoming ball. Okay? So from here, turn, both hands on racket, split, guide, as I swing the racket forward this hand will start to move away, okay? As I contact the ball and follow through, this hand will be here. You can see that I can catch the racket at follow through or I can simply swing all the way here and
the non-dominant hand is at the side of the body. You have seen pros swinging
without catching the racket, that’s because their
swing speed is very fast. So you’ll find that
their swing is this way, they end the shot here. All right, so in this
weeks lesson remember, engage your non-dominant hand throughout your forehand shot. I hope you will find this lesson useful and applicable to your tennis game. If you like these bite size lessons, be sure to hit the red button below and subscribe to Unleash
Your Tennis channel. That’s all from me today, until next time, happy playing.
Novak Djokovic explains why Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated this season Djokovic, 30, had to withdraw from Wimbledon with an elbow injury in July – and he hasnt played since. His exit handed Federer a relatively easy path to the SW19 title while the US Open, a tournament Djokovic has won twice in the past, went to Nadal. Djokovics rival Andy Murray has also been struggling with injury, allowing Federer and Nadal to regain their strangehold. While Murray has been struggling with a hip injury, Djokovic has spoken out on how his elbow issue hampered his training in the lead-up to tournaments. He had to change his service action to cope with the strain before finally admitting enough was enough at Wimbledon. Djokovic told Serbian newspaper : The whole story about my tennis and everything that happened to me is far more complex than a single word. I did not manage to train as I wanted, I could not play in the field with full intensity, I had to adjust the service, and that made me all unpleasant. I did not want to take the surgery or take a break, I thought it would all pass – but it did not pass. It only came to inflammation, and then the problems were intensified. Tennis is such a sport where one detail, an inconvenience during the match, can distance you a distance from the goal. Its like a chess game, a psychological fight, where you need to focus 120 percent on each segment. If you are disturbed, like the pain in the elbow, your focus automatically falls. Then you come to a situation where your opponent plays full strength, and you are 80 percent in the match. In the meantime, you must be aware that it was not easy for me to win even when I was completely healthy..