The announcement of Roger Federer’s retirement shocked the tennis world and beyond. Although the news was in the air, one cannot remain indifferent at the end of an era.
The most beloved tennis player of all time will hang up his racquet after the Laver Cup, the tournament he founded, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena from September 23-25. The Swiss phenomenon tried by all means to return to competition, but he understood that he could not continue.
The last two and a half years have been a real ordeal for the king, who has had to deal with a serious injury to his right knee. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had attempted a timid comeback in 2021, but hadn’t made it past the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Then came the third knee operation, in the hope of affording one last ride. An illusion that officially ended on Thursday, September 15. On the other hand, the fact that Roger decided to give up ATP in Basel means that he is unable to play a singles match.
Wilander praises King Roger
“My feeling that Roger Federer will no longer play or be able to see him live, in real competitive matches, is deep sadness,” Wilander said in a chat for Eurosport about Federer’s announcement. .
“I was hoping he would have another three or four tournaments under his belt. But at the same time, I think when you see the level the game has gone to in the last two years, maybe he realizes and that we should realize that it is almost impossible to get back to that level at 40 or 41.
So I guess so, it’s sad. But at the same time, I think I want to celebrate Roger Federer taking our game to the top of all sports, and professional athletics, because Roger Federer was not only at one time the greatest tennis player of all time, he was also voted one of the greatest athletes in the world for a year or two.”
“And because he did that, we took a look at his footwork. And we realized that this man, his athleticism, because he looks so fluid and natural in what he does ranks among the greatest athletes of all time, whether it’s basketball with Michael Jordan, football with Pelé or gymnastics with Nadia Comaneci.
Roger Federer was with them at the top and even more admired than them and we had never come close to that in the world of tennis before.”