The 17-time Grand Slam winner was 13 at the time and could have ended up playing under the Australian flag. “I remember that period quite vividly actually and it would have been a life-changer, no doubt about it,” he told domestic newswire Australian Associated Press in an interview in Melbourne.
He said his father went on several business trips to Australia and was offered a job in Australia by a pharmaceutical company and they were seriously debating a permanent move.
His father asked the family if they wanted to go. “I was like: ‘Yeah, let’s go. I’m ready to go to Australia and live there,’” said Federer. “Then he was, like: ‘No, we have too many friends here, our roots are here now and I don’t think we should go. “I remember when he told me this, I cried. I was like: ‘No, I can’t believe it.’”
RF to skip Davis tie
Meanwhile, Switzerland can count on Stanislas Wawrinka but probably not Federer when it meets the Czech Republic for the first round of the Davis Cup next month, the Swiss tennis federation said yesterday.