Roger Federer at 35 has a rookie-like excitement as he prepares for 2017 after a long injury layoff. The 17-time Grand Slam champ, now ranked 16, will participate in the Hopman Cup in January before heading to the Australian Open.
On Thursday, he broadcasted to his 6.27 million Twitter followers one of his practice sessions live on Periscope, the social media website’s streaming app. He practiced with French World No. 15 Lucas Pouille in Dubai.
"Can't wait for the season to start. It's a week... 10 days away," he says in the video.
He also had an 'Ask Me Anything' session, in which he answered questions: 'Do you miss your fans?', 'What are you going to do next?', 'How do you keep yourself healthy?' among others.
How do you keep yourself healthy?
I try to sleep enough. It's not always easy. Try to eat somewhat healthy. That's not always easy either. But I am a professional tennis player at the end of the day. And... I make it work. I just try my best and I enjoy it while I am doing it.
On being named 2016's Most Stylish Man by GQ.
(Laughs) Yeah, bit more pressure now. What shall I wear? A cap? Which colour shall I wear? What shoes shall I wear? What shall I be doing? Let me see what I create when I come back to the tour next year.
Will you play in Madrid?
The whole clay court season I'm not sure yet. Let me first play Hopman Cup and Australian Open. After that let me see how my knee is, my body is. I am so excited to be playing again. I have no pain while playing now. I am enjoying myself.
You smile all the time.
(Laughs) Shall I put a serious face on? (and does this:-
While Federer remains one of the world's most famous and decorated athletes, Federer has work to do if he is to catch up on popular culture. Asked repeatedly about recently released science fiction blockbuster Rogue One, he let slip a startling revelation: "I have never seen any Star Wars film, don't hate me."
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