Amazon is preparing a documentary about the end of Federer's career

PublishedFebruary 20, 2024 at 11:56 am

StreamingAmazon is preparing a documentary about the end of Federer's career

The last twelve days of the tennis champion as a professional will be told by the director of “Amy” Asif Kapadia.

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Laurent Fl├╝ckiger

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in tears during the Laver Cup in London 2022.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in tears during the Laver Cup in London 2022.

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On September 23, 2022, in London, Roger Federer left the world of tennis after a double defeat during the Laver Cup. The Swiss with twenty Grand Slam titles shed his last tears as a professional player alongside Rafael Nadal, who broke first.

This striking image will appear on Amazon Prime Video in a documentary about the end of Roger Federer's professional career prepared by Asif Kapadia, the Oscar-winning director of the film “Amy” about the life of singer Amy Winehouse.

The as-yet-untitled documentary is described by Prime Video as “an intimate follow-up to the final 12 days of Roger Federer's illustrious career.”

Access to his hotel room and home

“Initially, the idea was to capture the last moments of my professional tennis career so that I could later show them to my family and friends,” Federer says in the interview.

He hired Joe Sabio, a close friend of his friend Anna Wintour, to take these photos. The Swiss champion, who during his sports years avoided cameras on himself and those close to him, opened the door of his hotel room and his home.

His wife Mirka also gave her first interview after more than a decade. In the end, everyone saw that they had something special and thought of making a documentary about it. “We captured so many powerful moments and it turned into a deeply personal journey,” describes Roger Federer.

Trip around Wimbledon

Amazon took on the project and hired Asif Kapadia, the filmmaker behind “Senna,” a documentary about F1 driver Ayrton Senna. The director also investigated the tennis player's biggest rivalries thanks to the interviews that Joe Sabia conducted with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, Bloomberg writes. “It's about an in-depth look at the second layer of the tennis circuit: the friendships that exist on the circuit. Yes, there are rivalries, but off the field there are friendships and respect,” explains accomplice Marco Odermatta.

The film is scheduled to be released in July around Wimbledon, the tournament that Roger Federer has won eight times.

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