For the past week there has been nothing but talk about Roger Federer’s imminent retirement. All fans hoped for a final ride in 2023, but the Swiss’ physical condition forced him to make a very difficult decision.
The former number 1 in the world ends his storied career at the end of the Laver Cup, where he will only play doubles on Friday evening (presumably with Rafael Nadal). The 41-year-old from Basel has undergone three knee surgeries in the past two and a half years and has never given up on a desire to return to the field, a testament to his unconditional love for the sport.
Earlier this summer, the King realized that a return to the tour would be impossible. “It’s not just the knee, it’s the whole body that has been subjected to enormous stress” – his historic trainer Pierre Paganini recently confided in an interview.
20 Slams, 103 ATP titles and 28 Masters 1000 are just some of the numbers that have made the Master one of the greatest athletes ever.
Federer on his retirement
“The last few years have been hard for me, but I think they were even harder for her.
She really didn’t like looking at me anymore, with all those injuries. I felt a bit sorry for her,” said Roger Federer in a tweet from Simon Graf, sports editor of the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger. The decision was actually made a few months earlier – a few days after Wimbledon in July.
“A few days after Wimbledon, in July. The knee just stopped moving. I asked myself: what’s the point? We’ve been on thin ice for a long time. I know it’s the right decision, the only right decision .” Roger Federer said in a separate tweet from Graf.
“At first I was sad, but then I pushed it away. Then came the process of writing the letter and telling everyone about it. It makes you a little sad, but it was also extremely good for me,” said Roger Federer. “Three or four weeks ago I couldn’t have imagined picking up a microphone and talking about it during the Laver Cup.
And then there would be another party…. Because that was always important to me: it shouldn’t feel like a funeral, more like a party,” Federer added. Federer also said in the same Tages-Anzeiger article that his children were saddened by his decision to retire. ask him if that meant he couldn’t travel to his tournament sites.
“They were very emotional. Three out of four cried. They asked: aren’t we going to Halle, to Wimbledon, to Indian Wells? I said: not really. But if you want, we can go again,” Federer said. .