MLess than a month after Serena Williams, another monument to the game bows out, just as a new generation is advancing, embodied by the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, crowned at the US Open and world No. 1 at only 19 year.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event”posted on social media the Swiss champion, who last summer underwent a third right knee operation in a year and a half and has since been battling to come back.
“I will still play tennis in the future, of course, but it won’t be at Grand Slams or on the circuit anymore”completed Federer, winner of 103 trophies in his career, but who has only played six matches in 2020 and thirteen in 2021.
To my tennis family and beyond,
—Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022
The Basel has not replayed in competition since his elimination in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2021, and for several months let his doubts about his chances of returning to the courts filter through.
1500 matches in 24 years
In addition to the Laver Cup, which will therefore be his last appearance on the circuit, the former world No.1 was announced in his hometown from October 24 to 20, and hoped to push until 2023 with the Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger in mid-June. .
But if he has “work hard” to rebuild himself physically, his body sent him “a clear message”he explains: “I’m 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of, and I have to recognize when it’s time to quit.”
“It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the circuit has given me. But, at the same time, there is so much to celebrate”underlined the former record holder of Grand Slam titles, since overtaken by Rafael Nadal (22) then Novak Djokovic (21).
Roger Federer, who has eight Wimbledon trophies to his name, considers himself a “one of the luckiest people on earth” in his post first posted on Instagram.
“I was gifted with a gift for playing tennis and raised it to a level I never could have imagined and for far longer than I thought possible”he explained.