Sincere and open. This was shown Roger Federer in an interview in which He distributed praise for Emma Raducanu, the brand new US Open champion, while speaking about the pressure of the young figures and the situation they suffer in the world of sport.
On a note with GQ Magazine, the Swiss was consulted about the success of the 18-year-old Briton in winning the last of the four Grand Slam of 2021, in New York.
“I’ve been following the incredible career of Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last years. It was incredible, both stories are. But it hurts when you see what happens and when they do not feel well. The stress is very great,” he said Federer, 40, recovering from another operation on his right knee.
“I think a lot is due to social media: the first 10 years of my life there were no networks, maybe I just had a website, then the next 10 years social networks were everywhere. Also, regarding this, it is necessary to reconsider the situation of the press. I think I am one of the athletes who had more press. And I agree that it is always the same. Always, “he added.
“I think that players, tournaments, journalists, we have to sit together in a room and say: ‘Okay, what would work for you and what works for us …’ We need a revolution or at least an evolution of where we are “, remarked the Swiss.
“I think we need to help, train and mentor the younger generation more. I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media; I have no idea how I would have handled it. For every 10 good comments there is always one negative comment. And of course that’s what you focus on. It’s a horrible situation. Even when I feel depressed, I know that I have to act a certain way in front of the world press. We must remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also humans, “he stressed.