After the startling announcement of Roger Federer‘s retirement, it’s the end of an era, and not just for him. “The greatest gift that tennis has provided me in recent years is without a doubt the opportunity to meet new people along the path, including my friends, my rivals, and most importantly, the fans.
I want to let you know about some news today. Everyone is aware that the previous three years have been difficult for me due to injuries. I made a lot of effort to return, but my body sent me loud warnings. Tennis has treated me better than I could have ever imagined, but I now need to decide when to call it quits on my professional career.
My last ATP competition will be the Laver Cup in London the following week. I won’t take part in any more Grand Slams or tour events. Making this choice was a bittersweet one.”
His mortal remnants will live on forever.
So, it’s done.
A career that is challenging to sum up in a few words is about to come to an end. The best tennis player in history—what remains? His mortal remains will live on forever, alongside the greats of this time period.
Who cares if Roger has less Slam victories than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal? Tennis would not have grown to the size and popularity it has now if it weren’t for the Swiss and Roger Federer. The tastiest victories, the most painful losses, tears of ecstasy.
shattered records, injuries, and disappointments, among others. One dropshot, one-handed backhand, one-blink of an eye, one world, one life. Following Serena Williams‘ retirement a few weeks prior and (fairly comparing) the passing of HM Elizabeth II of England, Roger Federer announced his retirement.
September was a historic month with a lot going on that will be hard to forget. Beginnings and endings. The never-ending cycle of life enters with Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz, and Leave Federer. But is the query consistent every time? What’s left at this point? What will make up for the atavistic hole Roger’s absence has left in our stomachs? Roger, thank you for sharing this tennis era with us.