Roger Federer has promised supporters he has no plans to retire just yet.
The 38-year-old announced he had invested in Swiss trainer manufacturer On after completing his exhibition tour of South America.
World No 3 Federer has been without a footwear contract since terminating his affiliation with Nike last summer.
But he has committed to helping Zurich-based company On develop their elite brand.
However, Federer insists that does not mean he is planning on calling time on his career just yet, especially because of all the messages he receives from fans.
“In a way I am understanding the take and on the other way I am surprised that people are speaking that way because it’s true, I have not spoken much about what comes after because I want to keep it as free as possible, so I basically have nothing when I am retiring,” Federer said.
“But ever since I have signed the Uniqlo deal and I have gotten together with On, it’s changed a bit.
“I am gonna be working also beyond my playing days which I was anyway also going to do with my charity and I have a wife, four children and I want to spend maximum time there.
“I am really excited about it but the On team, they want me to keep playing, I want to keep playing, my fans want to keep playing.
“I just came back from a South American tour and I played in front of almost 100,000 people and they are all telling me ‘Keep on playing’ and I will.
“This is not the end of my tennis career, this is just a process that I am going through right now.”
Meanwhile, Federer has also explained why he chose to invest in On.
“Sometimes, as an athlete of a certain age, you can feel like a falling star,” Federer told the New York Times.
“You can almost feel your image and success fading.
“In the past I he never used to want to dwell on life after tennis. Now it feels good committing to what will come next.”