Originally Posted by TMF
Like I said, you can't because you either a pro or an amateur. And it was better for him turing pro otherwise he would be another Emerson.
Here's the question. How many classic majors would Federer have had if he turned pro (let's say after 2003) in an era that didn't allow pros to play the majors? Obviously far fewer. It would not affect his greatness as a player. He would have been every bit as great but he would be hurt by the different standards of greatness today that is often very inaccurate.
And I think Federer would want to play against the top players. The money wouldn't have hurt either.