Last week there was only talk of Roger Federer’s impending retirement. All fans were hoping for a final ride in 2023, but the Swiss’ physical condition forced him to make a very difficult decision.
The former world number 1 will end his legendary career at the end of the Laver Cup, where he will only play in doubles on Friday night (probably with Rafael Nadal). The 41-year-old Basel native has had three knee surgeries in the past two and a half years and has never given up on returning to the pitch, a testament to his unconditional love of the sport.
At the beginning of the summer, the king realized that a return to the tour would be impossible. “Not only the knee, but the whole body is exposed to enormous loads,” his historical coach Pierre Paganini confided in a recent interview.
20 Slams, 103 ATP titles and 28 Masters 1000 are just a few of the numbers that have made the Master one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Federer on his resignation
“The last few years have been tough for me, but I think they’ve been even harder for her.
She really didn’t enjoy watching me with all my injuries anymore. I felt kind of 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 didn’t go any further. I asked myself: what’s the point? We were on thin ice for a long time. I know it’s the right decision, the only good decision.” ‘ Roger Federer said in a separate tweet from Graf.
“First I was sad, then I pushed it away. Then came the process of writing the letter and telling everyone. It tears you up a bit 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 at the Laver Cup and speaking about it.
And then there would be a party…. Because that was always important to me: it shouldn’t feel like a funeral, but like a party,” Federer added. Federer also touched on his children’s grief over his decision to retire in the same article in the Tages-Anzeiger. whether that means not being able to travel to his tournament locations.
“They were very emotional. Three out of four cried. They asked: are we not going to Halle, to Wimbledon, to Indian Wells? I said: not really. But if you want, we can go again,” said Federer .