Roger Federer has established himself as one of the longest running athletes of all time. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will turn 39 next August, has no intention of retiring and has already assured that he will be ready for the start of the 2021 season.
Federer has undergone a double surgery, which will force you to skip the rest of the year. In 2020 Roger played only the Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. In a recent interview, the Swiss Maestro stressed the importance of resting to help his longevity.
Federer on his longevity
“If I don’t sleep 11 to 12 hours per day, it’s not right. If I don’t have that amount of sleep, I hurt myself” – Roger Federer explained. The former World number 1 has won more Grand Slam tournament titles (20) than any other men’s singles player.
He is also the first men’s singles player to have reached ten consecutive Grand Slam tournament finals and a total of 31 Grand Slam finals. He has earned a men’s doubles gold medal, and a men’s single silver medal at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, respectively.
He has spent the most amount of time in the Open Era at the top of the ATP Rankings (310 weeks). He also holds the record for the most titles (6) at the year-end tournament, where only the year-end eight highest-ranked players participate.
Federer was ranked among the top eight players in the world continuously for 14 years and two weeks—from 14 October 2002 until 31 October 2016, when injuries forced him to skip much of the 2016 season. On 29 May 2020 Federer topped Forbes’ 2020 List of the World’s Highest Paid Athletes with $106.3 million in total earnings from salary, winnings and endorsements.
Federer is every year on this list, inside the top-10 or top-5, but never on the top spot, before. This year is the first time Roger Federer has ranked atop Forbes’s annual list. He surpassed sports legends like, 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (football – $105m), 3. Lionel Messi (football – $104m), 4. Neymar (football – $95.5m), 5. LeBron James (basketball – $88.2m), 6. Stephen Curry (basketball – $74.4m), 7. Kevin Durant (basketball – $63.9m), 8. Tiger Woods (golf – $62.3m), 9. Kirk Cousins (american football – $60.5m), 10. Carson Wentz (american football – $59.1m), and many more great sports persons.