In a press conference at the Australian Open, Roger Federer commented on how getting older adds to the recovery time. The 37-year-old said: ‘I think what happens with age maybe the most is that certain things take longer to recover from.
Let’s just say, whereas in the past, I don’t want to say 27, because 27 you’re already like 15 years or 10 years into your career, but when you’re, like, young, let’s just say you have, I don’t know, a pain in let’s just say the elbow, sort of next day you can play with it, two days later it’s like you never had it. ‘All of a sudden at maybe 30, 35, 40, depending on who you are, what problems you’ve had, you will just feel it for two weeks.
You can still play, but now you’re playing with pain. It just takes longer to get rid of. Again, everybody is very different. Everybody takes the pain differently. I think then that’s also where you have to be very wise what kind of schedule you’re playing with, what problem you’re dealing with.’ Federer also talked about the differences in each player’s physique contributing to their recovery time.
He said, ‘I think everybody is a bit different, you know, how they react to recovery or how they react to a hard match. Probably every player has some sort of weak spot in their body. For some it’s the foot. For some it’s the hip.
For some it’s the knee. For some it’s the back. For some it’s the elbow. For some it’s the shoulder. Whatever it may be, that’s then their ongoing problem probably for a long period of time. Once you have that, that part of the body probably takes the longest time to heal or recover.
That can be at one point, well, it just doesn’t get that much better.’ ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title