There are a number of great athletes who have decided to become coaches after they retired. However, tennis superstar Roger Federer confesses that coaching is not one of his options in the future, reported Tennis.com.
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his men's singles match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane (Reuters)
"I don't think Lendl, or Edberg, or Becker, or all those guys, they didn't think of coaching either," said Federer. He said that he feels the same. "I see myself more helping kids and all that stuff, which everybody sees themselves doing," Federer added.
Federer has given invaluable support to a number of charity organisations. Together with his mom Lynette, he started his own Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 to endorse sports and help the needy people at the same time. As described on its Web site, Federer's foundation gives poor children the opportunity for a good education. The foundation has helped 86,400 children up to date.
Thus, apart from his astonishing success on the tennis court, Federer is truly a champion with his charitable works too. If the time comes that he needs to retire from playing tennis, he can continue his passion for being involved with humanitarian work.
Nevertheless, Federer said that anything can happen, but at the moment, he just doesn't see himself as a coach. "Who knows what happens in 5, 10, 20 years," said the former World No. 1. Federer revealed that the tennis skills he has acquired all throughout his career will always be there. "It will probably always be interesting to some degree to work with someone who achieved being World No. 1," said Federer. "Or winning Grand Slams and winning so many tournaments and going on winning streaks," he added. "But I don't see myself as a coach, no," he concluded.
Some of the tennis athletes-turned-coaches include Michael Chang, Boris Becker, and Ivan Lendl, who were hired as coaches by Kei Nishikori, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray, respectively. Then, there is Stefan Edberg, whom Federer recently hired as coach in preparation for his 18th Grand Slam Title bid.
Federer possesses great knowledge of the tennis game and he can definitely hone new athletes in the sporting world of tennis. We'll see what the future has in store for him.