Roger Federer He spoke for the first time after announcing his retirement that shocked the tennis world. The Swiss spoke with the Radio Television Switzerland (RTS) and although he did not give details about whether he will be able to play at least one game in the Laver Cup, he left some definitions about how he feels after having closed a cycle in his life.
“I don’t know exactly what my future will be like, but I don’t want to walk away completely from a sport that has given me everything”, commented the former number 1 in the ATP ranking after his arrival in London on Tuesday to play the Making Cuphis last official competition.
When asked about what led to his retirement, he was sincere: “I felt at the beginning of the summer that my progress was not good, that my knee would not leave me alone. At Wimbledon, I still believed in it, I thought I could still (go on). Then i got a ct scan which was not great and there was no further progress. Within a few days, I thought it was over. Honestly, I no longer wanted”.
That is how he made the decision to record a video to announce the end of his career: “That day was not easy, I was very moved. At the time of the announcement, it was more my parents and Mirka who were affected, I was a bit more relaxed. I had a tear or two afterwards, but I’m happy and glad I took the plunge. I am very relieved and happy that I had the career that I had.”
The 41-year-old Swiss marked an era in the world of tennis and with his unique style he earned a place among the greats by winning a total of 20 Grand Slams, only surpassed by the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Serbian Novak Djokovic. Roger, who also won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Davis Cup in 2014, has an impressive track record, including eight Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2011), six Australia Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018), five US Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and a Roland Garros (2009).
Regarding his immediate future, he revealed that his great goal is to be able to hold a kind of farewell party with great stars, whose names he did not want to give: “I would like to organize an exhibition with the players of my choice, and I hope to do so in the next six months.”
When choosing the best titles of his career, he had a difficult choice: “There were many. The return to Australia in 2017 (win in 5 sets in the final against Rafael Nadal), Roland-Garros 2009 (win in the final against Robin Söderling), the first Wimbledon, the victory against Pete Sampras in 2001 (in 5 sets) that It was unreal.”
The tennis legend had announced on Thursday in a statement his retirement after the Making Cup, a competition that will take place in London from Friday to Sunday. Federer has not played competitively since his elimination from the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July 2021 due to his knee injury.