I spent all of Sunday morning watching the men’s finals at Wimbledon. The match featured Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. They were so evenly matched that the score was tied at the end of the fifth set and it had to go to a tie breaker.
In the end, Federer lost by two points. The commentators were beside themselves, not because he lost but because he was able to stay fresh, fast and accurate all the way through the match at a very advanced age. Get this, he is 38 years old.
That may not be old for the rest of us, but for tennis players, it is ancient.
This means in the next few years, Roger will have to find something else to do. How does the man with more grand slam tennis victories than anyone else find a new career? Just the same as everyone else.
He is going to have to assess his strengths, his experience, his objectives and the market to figure out where he might fit.
How will he maintain his young family? Will he still have to travel all the time? Will anyone outside the tennis world take him seriously?
One thing in his favour is that he is accustomed to having a coach and listening to the advice provided. That will come in really handy. He is clearly a very focused individual so laying out the steps to finding his next gig and being disciplined about following them should not be too difficult.
So even though he is wildly successful now, he will face the same difficulties as the rest of us when it comes to switching careers.
If you are facing a career change, take solace in the fact that it’s tough and rewarding no matter how famous you are. Sometimes you get the gold cup and sometimes you get the silver platter.