Roger Federer says he wants to take a backseat to tennis' rising stars

Swiss superstar Roger Federer has won two Rogers Cups. (AFP)

Swiss superstar Roger Federer has won two Rogers Cups. (AFP)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:28 PM ET

TORONTO - A few months ago, Roger Federer was in Rome for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, meeting with the media for the first time since the arrival of his new twin boys Leo and Lennart.

Federer was asked if he was excited to be getting back on the court after taking some time off to be with his family, which also includes wife Mirka and twin girls Myla and Charlene.

“That’s the least important thing, to be honest ... for those who have kids, they’ll know what I’m talking about,” the Swiss great said at the time.

Such seems to be the headspace these days for Federer, the iconic tennis pro and global sporting icon who, at age 32, has accomplished everything there is to accomplish on the tennis court.

There is nothing more Federer — the 17-time Grand Slam champion — needs from the sport, nothing more the sport needs from him.

Yet he remains, relevant at No. 3 in the world.


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