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04.11.2004 | Off Court

Roger Federer wants to stay number one in 2005 Basel/Switzerland, 3 November 2004 – Roger Federer, the number one in world tennis since January 2004, is gearing his plans for the 2005 season entirely to the goal of holding onto the top spot in the ATP rankings. Roger is currently scheduled to play the following events up to the end of June: Doha, the Australian Open, Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon. The contracts of Roger's fitness trainer Pierre Paganini and physiotherapist Pavel Kovac have been extended to next season. Roger will very probably be able to compete in the 2004 Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. Roger Federer's top priority for the 2005 tennis season is retaining his world number one status. His planning for the season is thus totally geared to this ambitious goal: "2004 has been a great year for me, but it's also been long and physically demanding. For next season, I now have to think about how I can perform at the same level as in 2004 or even improve my game. I've realised that the goal I've set myself for the season is only realistic if I focus completely on the Grand Slams and plan all my tournaments around this strategy." Rationalising competitive matchplay Roger, still without a coach for the time being, will start training in the second week of December to ready himself for the first half of the 2005 season. For Pierre Paganini, ensuring that Roger can defend his global lead means not only preparing meticulously for the season, but also strictly observing rest periods between tournaments: "The tour puts a tremendous physical strain on top players like Roger Federer, who has to play virtually all year round and is often exposed to a lot of matchplay within a tournament. Competitive matchplay therefore needs to be spaced out evenly to prevent injuries such as the one Roger suffered this autumn. The Davis Cup in particular puts heavy demands on him over the three days and really takes its toll." Consequently, Roger had no other option but to skip the first Davis Cup round, which also coincides with a period of intensive competition from 14 February to 3 April, when he is to play four tournaments. Mounting off-court commitments Since Roger is an exceptionally popular and committed tennis player, he is increasingly taking on responsibilities away from the tennis court. As a top sportsman and international star, he is a role model for many children and young people throughout the world. The 23-year-old is personally committed to setting an example via a variety of ambassadorial functions outside the sporting arena. He would also like to devote more time to the Roger Federer Foundation, which aims to help disadvantaged children in South Africa and promote sport for young people. A fundraising event organised as part of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors collected CHF 110,000 for the Foundation – far more than Roger had expected to raise: "I was delighted with the success of my first fundraiser. It shows just how much support I can count on. I'll be heading off to South Africa in the first quarter of 2005 to meet the kids I'm sponsoring face-to-face, to see how they're doing and what the projects funded by my Foundation have achieved so far." Such social commitments are naturally taking up more of Roger's time, but he takes the social responsibility that comes with his role as a figurehead of international sport very seriously.

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