Tennis legend Roger Federer has dropped a huge retirement hint, admitting his time off the court the past 12 months due to a knee injury has seen him relish the daily aspects of fatherhood.
The Swiss maestro, 40, has four children and while he admitted he has missed travelling the world, the lifestyle change has been refreshing.
'I can honestly say that I am very happy at home,' Federer told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
'At times we (family) miss travelling, and of course I also miss the sport, but life at home is also good.
'The tennis itinerary was sometimes excessive, especially with having to organise that for the children too.
'It's nice to have a break from that now, and for them too, although they miss the travelling.'
But Federer - who this week dropped out of the official ATP Singles rankings for the first time in 25 years - has no intention of keeping his racquet in the cupboard forever.
He has undergone three surgeries on his knee and will look to play in the Laver Cup in September.
Federer has then targeted a return to the ATP tour in Basel in October.
His last match on the circuit was in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year, when he lost in straight sets to 14th-seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.
The eight-time men's champion is also eyeing off a swansong at the All England Club, but adding to his 20 career grand slam titles may be out of his reach.
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