Roger Federer should officially return to tennis Wimbledon 2022 but his return has been extended until September this year as the 20-time Grand Slam champion is ready to perform at the Laver Cup, followed by the Swiss Indoors. While fans around the world, like most of his rivals, await his big return to the pitch, springer dropped a shocking retirement bombshell that was the clearest clue to his future.
Federer last appeared at the All England Club exactly a year ago, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. After the defeat, Federer underwent knee treatment that left him on the sidelines for over a year. And now the Swiss maestro has fallen out of the top 1000 players in the ATP rankings for the first time in 25 years.
Speaking to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Federer hinted that the time is near to end his illustrious career.
He said, “I’m a winner lover, but when you’re not competitive anymore, then it’s better to quit. I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy about the little things, like when my son does something right and my daughter comes home with a good grade.
“Tennis is part, but not all, of my identity. I want to be and stay successful and put a lot of energy into the business – maybe sometimes give more than I should, but that can also be done outside of sport. I know a professional career can’t last forever and that’s okay.”
This was the first time in his career that he had missed Wimbledon since making his debut in 1999.
“It feels very strange for me not to be playing Wimbledon this year and seeing it on TV as I’ve been there every time since 1998.
“But I’ve been traveling for so long that it was also nice to experience a little more peace and to be in one place more often, which has already happened due to the corona virus. It gave me the opportunity to sort my trips in a targeted manner and to give something back. Many friends always came to me, now I could turn it around.
“The tennis route was sometimes exaggerated, mainly because we had to organize that for the kids too.
“It’s nice to have a break from that now, for them too, although they miss travelling. We have friends all over the world and we have developed routines for them as well. We haven’t seen our friends in New York and Melbourne for a number of years.
“But I can honestly say I’m very happy at home. And that it is a great advantage that I can now make an appointment for a Tuesday morning in three weeks. And that I can actually do it without reality catching up with me.
“Sometimes we miss the trip around the world, and of course I miss the sport, but I also feel: life at home in a, let’s say, normal way is good too.”