The end of an era, and not just for Roger Federer, after the shocking news of his retirement. "Of all the gifts that tennis has given me in recent years, the greatest is, without a doubt, that of introducing me to people along the way: my friends, my opponents and above all the fans.
Today, I want to share some news with you. As everyone knows, the past three years have been a challenge for me in the form of injuries. I worked hard to get back, but my body sent me clear messages. Tennis has treated me better than I ever dreamed of, but I have to recognize the moment to end my professional career.
The Laver Cup in London next week will be my last ATP tournament. I will no longer participate in Grand Slams or tour tournaments. This was a bittersweet decision to make."
His mortal remains will be eternal
So it's over.
The curtain is about to fall on a career that is difficult to summarize in a few words. What is left of what was the greatest tennis player in history? His mortal remains will remain eternal, close to the greats of this era.
And who cares if Roger has won fewer Slams than Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. If it weren't for the Swiss, tennis wouldn't have come to today's size and popularity without Federer. The sweetest victories, the most bitter defeats, joy and tears.
From broken records to injuries and disappointments. One world, one life, one dropshot, one-handed backhand, one blink of an eye. Roger Federer's retirement follows Serena Williams' retirement a few weeks and (with due comparison) the death of HM Elizabeth II of England.
An epochal September, a month that is difficult to forget for everything that is happening. Ends and beginnings. Leave Federer, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner enter, the cycle of life that never stops. But is the question always the same? What are we left now? What will fill that atavistic void we have in our stomachs since Roger no longer plays? Thanks Roger, to sharing with us this tennis Era.