Roger Federer has always expressed how important it is for him to be followed by his family when he travels the world.
The Swiss sensation has his own private airplane to transport all his extended family, and he is happy when he can create what he calls a “home-away-from-home” environment during his tournaments where his children can feel comfortable. Roger is happy when he sees his children after his matches, and he famously burst into tear when he won his Wimbledon title in 2017 and he saw his children brought to Centre Court soon after his clash against Marin Cilic.
Why and when Federer’s children should not see him playing
Roger and his wife Mirka are extremely careful to the well-being of their children, and he admits that on some occasions it’s better than his kids are not around when he is competing.
During a recent interview with Tages Anzeiger, Roger commented
“We try to create a “home-away-from-home-feeling” wherever we go. The most important thing is that we have a good time as a family. Therefore, this comes only to selected tournaments, such as Cincinnati, Indian Wells, or just Wimbledon.”
“They like to be here at Wimbledon,” added Federer. “Because we have a house; it’s very different from a hotel room. You have the feeling of being at home.”
Regarding the boys, Roger added: “They do not beg all the time to watch my matches. But they like to come more than the girls.” Talking about Myla and Charlene, Federer added: “Ten minutes is okay for them, then they can go again. That’s why they do not come to tennis that often. I do not want them to do anything that does not mean so much to them.”
Tension can be bad for them
Talking about when his sons should come or not to his matches, Roger added: “Actually, they should decide for themselves whether they want to come or not.”
However, Federer explained that in some cases it is better for his children not to come and watch the matches and that was what happened in the quarters against Nishikori to reveal: “There may be tension in the team and friends. Therefore, it was better that they did not come to the quarter-finals.”
A great champion and a caring father.