The tennis community and beyond were in disbelief when Roger Federer announced his retirement. Even if the news was widely known, it is impossible to ignore the end of an era. The exhibition he founded, the Laver Cup, which will be held at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25, will mark the end of the career of the most adored tennis player in history.
The Swiss sensation has made numerous attempts to regain his competitive edge but has come to the conclusion that he must stop. The King has through a tremendous tribulation over the past 2.5 years as a result of a major right knee injury.
In 2021, the 20-time Grand Slam victor attempted a hesitant comeback but failed to advance past the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The third knee procedure followed, with the patient wanting to enjoy one final spin on the ferris wheel.
an illusion that was declared dead on September 15th. On the other hand, Roger is unable to play a singles match because he elected to retire from the ATP in Basel.
Wilander gives King Roger praise.
In an interview with Eurosport regarding Federer‘s decision, Wilander remarked, “My feeling about Roger Federer not playing again or not being able to see him live again, in true competitive matches, is very sad.”
“I thought maybe he had three or four more events in him. But at the same time, I believe that when we realize the level that the game has reached recently, both he and we should understand that returning to that level at age 40 or 41 is practically impossible.
So I suppose the answer is indeed, and sad. However, I also think it’s important to acknowledge that Roger Federer elevated our sport to the pinnacle of professional athletics since, in addition to being the greatest tennis player of all time at one point, Federer was also named one of the world’s finest athletes for a year or two.
We then examined his footwork as a result of the fact that he did that. And we came to understand that this guy’s athleticism was what made him look so smooth. We didn’t care if it was basketball with Michael Jordan, European football with Pele, or gymnastics with Nadia Comaneci; his athleticism is up there with the best athletes of all time. We had never even come close to a tennis player being as good as Roger Federer up there.