Roger Federer would NEVER do this - agent hits back at damning claims
ROGER FEDERER’s agent Tony Godsick has hit back at claims the Swiss star only plays tournaments with the best financial rewards.
Former tennis ace Claudio Mezzadri was critical of Federer’s pre-Wimbledon preparations and stated he played too many tournaments, indicating they were financially based decisions.
The world No 2 failed to defend his crown at the All England Club as he crashed out to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.
The 36-year-old struggled in the match which went deep into a fifth set and he has now also lost substantial ground to arch-rival Rafael Nadal in the world rankings.
But Godsick has come out to defend his client by insisting he would never make such decisions based on monetary gains.
Federer crashed out of Wimbledon against Kevin Anderson (Image: GETTY)
“I can’t speak for Roger, but I know he would not make a decision for his schedule that was driven by money,” Godsick told the New York Times.
“He would make it first and foremost on whether it makes sense in the near and long-term as it relates to the physical situation.
“Not, ‘Oh, there’s a bonus there’.
“I’m not sure those years ever happened with Roger.”
Mezzadria, an ex-Davis Cup participant with Switzerland, brought up the concerns after Federer’s latest defeat.
“You have to make these choices also depending on the money that comes because he is very motivated (from tournaments) to play,” Mezzadri said.
“The ideal would have been to play just one tournament before Wimbledon, but he went to Stuttgart as well, he won and so he didn't need Halle anymore.
“I thought he was ready after Stuttgart. And in Halle, as a matter of fact, he wasn't that brilliant.
“He didn't have a perfect schedule, he played a little bit too much.”