Roger Federer‘s trainer Severin Luthi acknowledges that the reason Federer is quitting professional tennis is that Federer “did not make enough progress” in his knee recuperation. Since 2020, Federer, 41, has undergone three knee surgeries.
Last August, when he again chose to treat his knee problem medically, he underwent his third operation. Federer intended to make his comeback at the Laver Cup next week and then compete at the Swiss Indoors Basel the following month.
Federer said on Thursday that the Laver Cup would be his farewell competition. “Simply put, he did not advance far enough. He has played more than 1500 matches and is 41 years old. All of these things contributed to his retirement: “Simon Graf was told by Luthi.
I had an opportunity to discuss @rogerfederer with Severin Lüthi. a few snippets. About the choice to retire: «He just did not make enough progress. He has played more than 1500 matches and is 41 years old. All of these things contributed to his retirement. (1/8) — Simon Graf September 16, 2022 (@SimonGraf1)
Federer has handled it admirably, says Luthi
Federer‘s decision to retire from tennis is undoubtedly highly emotional for him, but so far he has handled it really well.
It’s simpler for Federer‘s team to deal with the situation because he seems to be in good spirits. Luthi added that this is the perfect opportunity to honour Federer‘s remarkable career. Roger makes it simple for us, added Luthi.
“Of course, he made it after considering his feelings. He would not have been able to do as much at this level otherwise. It’s driven by a lot of enthusiasm. But he always has such a bright outlook on life. If he was completely distraught, it would be tougher for me.
It also helps me to see how he interprets everything. Roger has called me two or three times today to ask how I’m doing. He is always considering the others as well. He’s with his family and is doing nicely. I believe that we should now concentrate on everything he accomplished, rather than just the end of his career.
All these lovely accomplishments. People should be thrilled about all the possibilities for experiences with Roger in addition to being sad.”