Roger Federer announces retirement – 09/15/2022
Roger Federer introduced on Thursday that the Laver Cup, September 23-25, might be his final official occasion. In a textual content revealed on his social networks, the Swiss recalled the accidents he has suffered over the previous three years and admitted that his physique, aged 41, is not in a position to compete on the degree he would really like. Federer additionally said that he’ll return to tennis, however not at Grand Slams or official ATP occasions.
“As a lot of you already know, the previous three years have offered me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures. I’ve been working arduous to get again into full aggressive form, however I additionally know my physique’s capabilities and limits, and your current announcement was that I’m 41 years previous. I’ve performed over 1500 video games in 24 years. Tennis has been extra beneficiant to me than I may have dreamed, and now I’ve to appreciate that it’s time to finish my aggressive profession.”
Federer added that he’ll miss every part the observe has given him, however “on the similar time, there’s something to have fun. I take into account myself one of many luckiest folks on Earth. They gave me the power to play tennis and I did it at a degree I by no means imagined for for much longer than I assumed attainable.”
The Laver Cup, an occasion organized by Federer’s promoter, pits a crew of European tennis gamers towards athletes from the remainder of the world head-to-head. This yr in London, Team Europe will embody Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray, who might be collectively for the primary time within the historical past of the occasion, along with Tsitsipas, Ruud and one different participant to be confirmed. The World Team will embody Auger-Aliasim, Fritz, Schwartzman, De Minaur, Tiafoe, Sock and one different competitor.
Only six tournaments in two and a half years
Federer’s newest proper knee harm got here after the 2020 Australian Open. He underwent arthroscopy in February of that yr and formally doesn’t compete once more till March 2021 on the ATP Doha. The Swiss then took a break till May when he performed at ATP Geneva in his dwelling nation and misplaced within the first spherical to Spain’s Pablo Andujar. Two weeks later, at Roland Garros, Federer superior to the spherical of 16, however was removed from his splendid bodily type.
Still, Roger tried to compete in the course of the grass season. At the ATP 500 in Halle, he misplaced within the second spherical, enjoying very poorly towards Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. At Wimbledon, after a primary-spherical scare (he received when Frenchman Adrian Mannarino was injured and retired earlier than the fifth set), Federer went to the quarterfinals and misplaced to Poland’s Hubert Hurkach.
He then underwent one other operation in August 2021. The intention was to return to the court docket in 2022, and Federer even confirmed his participation within the Laver Cup after which the Basel ATP 500 on the finish of October. Now, with the announcement that Laver might be his final occasion, the Swiss “solely” has to indicate as much as declare the honors at his nation’s match.