You can learn a lot about the man, not necessarily the tennis player by sitting through one of his press conferences. and then watching him trudge out to the plaza area to talk to the tv media. Answering every question. Not quickly but thougthfully. Never one word answers. That is Roger Federer.
He won’t admit it, but he is the greatest tennis player of all-time. Even the great Rod Laver, his idol will tell you that.
He is also the greatest ambassador in tennis history. his charity work in Africa impresses tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. And Bollettieri knows class, having developed Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Monica Seles.
Will Federer win this US Open? Probably. But the draw will not help him as strangely the no. 1 seed would have to go through nos. 2 and 3, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on consecutive days to win it all if form holds.
Federer just turned 31. He has made it clear that he wants to participate at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 to perhaps win the one event which has eluded him, the Olympic Gold.
But what will life after tennis look like for him?
Certainly not World Team Tennis. Maybe a few exhibitions.
Some say that he could be President of Switzerland. He certainly is the most popular person in Switzerland.
Conventional wisdom says that he and his influential agent, Tony Godsick will open up an agency to top all agencies.
Who wouldn’t want to be represented by the Roger Federer Tennis Agency. In tennis, but also in soccer and basketball. Federer could be a mentor and Godsick, a man who has put together amazing deals for Federer with the likes of Rolex can market virtually anyone.
Only time will tell, but that is our guess.