Roger Federer reveals exactly why he changed up US Open routine to practise in Central Park

In between his two gruelling five-set opening matches at the US Open, Roger Federer made the unusual decision to surprise New Yorkers by going for a hit in Central Park.

The world No. 3 opted to have a knock on the courts in the middle of New York’s famous public park ahead of his second-round tie with Mikhail Youzhny and on the back of his opener against American teenager Frances Tiafoe.

Federer admitted he was looking for a short commute to the courts and that he was keen to break out of his usual Grand Slam routine.

And the 36-year-old described the experience as ‘very refreshing’ amid the stresses of travelling on the ATP Tour.

‘We were looking for if there was any place at all in the city to play tennis at,’ he explained after his victory against Youzhny.



‘Then I think we spoke to Eric Butorac of the tournament, spoke to coaches, maybe gave an idea at Central Park, apparently they have a US Open court. I was like, Yeah, anything that doesn’t make me drive very long.

‘I really liked the idea of playing in Central Park for the first time. We tried it out. It was perfect. I was really happy.

‘It was really a totally different experience in the sense that when I finished practice, that was fun. If only all practises were like this. I really enjoyed myself.

‘It was a different crowd. I really enjoyed that. Just to be in that environment for a change.

‘I’ve seen the routine of normal practice sessions and matches, press, all the things we do in a row, it’s always the same. I think this was very refreshing. I hope I can do these things a bit more often.’

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