Roger Federer: ‘When you’re battered, you cling on to everything’

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the Shuai Peng case. The Chinese player accused former Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Politburo Zhang Gaoli of violence and rape. Shuai spoke clearly of abuse and a forced relationship that would have forced her to spend dark and sad years. From the moment she decided to publicly expose herself on the Weibo social network, Peng literally disappeared until a strange letter came to the WTA. A letter released only by the Chinese state channel CGTN. “Hello everyone, this is Peng Shuai. Regarding what is published on the WTA website, the content has not been approved nor has my consent for publication. The news contained in that statement, including the rape allegations, are not true. I haven’t disappeared and I’m not in danger. I’m just home and resting, thank you so much for caring about me. If the WTA intends to publish more news about me, please contact me directly”. The ATP, the WTA, the players have shown their concerns towards Peng and the last one to expose himself, directly to the microphones of Sky Sport Italia, was Roger Federer. “She was number 1 in the world, regardless of this I hope she is well”, explained the Swiss champion. The whole tennis family is gathered around her. I am attached to all players and female players. I hope that good news will come from her soon and that she is well.”

Federer has been on the sidelines for most of the 2021 season

In an interview with Tribune de Geneve, Roger Federer was asked whether he took encouragement from his run at Wimbledon, given that he reached the quarterfinals despite being hampered physically. “I already felt in Halle against Felix-Auger Aliassime that my Wimbledon would not be what I had hoped for. Even though I didn’t know the nature of my injury, I would be restricted,” Federer said. Speaking about the possibility of reversing the outcome of the match had he won the second set, Federer said he would have had to bank on his experience to pull him through as his body was “battered”. “What would have happened if I had won the tiebreak of the second set against Hurkacz? When you’re battered, you cling on to everything: your past victories, your experience on grass,” Federer said. Coming to tennis, Federer did not feature in the Australian Open and was seen at the French Open. He won his first three-round matches but pulled out before the fourth round as he was still lacking match fitness. 

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