Roger Federer is getting into the spirit of the season. The 39-year-old Swiss reminisced about Christmas holidays as a kid, stealing chocolates and cozy dinners in a recent interview.
“Christmas at home in Switzerland is cozy and special,” Federer said during a chat with one of his sponsors, Lindt.
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“Being in the mountains reminds me of my childhood. When I was a child, I was always very excited about Christmas dinner. My mother would decorate the table with Lindt chocolates and I’d often try to steal them before dinner.”
The Basel native now lives in the Swiss Alps with his family: parents, wife and four children. Though the 20-time champion is still committed to his profession, he strives to find the perfect balance between tennis and family life.
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“I really enjoy spending time with family, given my busy work and travel schedule,” said Federer.
“I love to see the sparkle in my children’s eyes when we light up the tree and then go and play outdoors when it starts to snow.”
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Federer is also aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has left a lot of people vulnerable.
“These are challenging times for all of us and no one should be left behind,” said the Swiss. “Mirka and I have decided to personally donate one million Swiss francs to the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.”
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Federer’s 2020 season was cut short as he had to undergo two knee surgeries. But the Swiss said that he was on track to make a comeback at the 2021 Australian Open.
He will also be representing Switzerland at the Tokyo Olympics next year and said that winning a medal was one of his goals for the coming season.