Roger Federer discusses the moment he decided to retire.

Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam victor, admitted that he decided to retire a few days after Wimbledon. Federer, who underwent a third knee surgery in August 2021, realized that a comeback would not be possible because his knee wasn’t healing as expected.

In July, a few days after Wimbledon, Federer told Tennis365. “The knee simply stopped improving. I questioned, “What’s the point?” We had been skating on eggshells for a while. I am confident that it is the only wise choice.

I’m pleasantly impressed by how well I’m performing in this practice session. However, it was already known in advance that I would only play doubles, most likely on Friday night. Playing the Swiss Indoors in Basel was no longer an option because of this.

It was challenging; the entire return was very challenging. I wasn’t even close to being perfect. I couldn’t believe I made it to Wimbledon‘s quarterfinals. One of the saddest hours of my professional life was playing the final set against [Hurbert] Hurkacz.

Two months later, Federer made his retirement announcement.

Federer made his retirement news public two months after making the choice. Federer declared on Thursday that the Laver Cup would be his last competition before retiring.

Federer published a letter he composed and signed on social media to announce his retirement. I took so long, Tony (Godsick), Federer‘s agent, “nearly went mad,” Federer remarked. “Now that it’s out, I feel better.

It took a lot of effort to write the letter. Particularly for my parents and [my wife] Mirka, it was really emotional. I wasn’t expecting to be able to discuss the resignation so readily in the meantime.” Federer had previously hoped to compete in Basel and the Laver Cup in October. Federer intends to compete in just one doubles match at the Laver Cup on Friday this week.