While the US Open Series is still a few weeks away, the last major tour of the season is already underway. In this sense, the Entry List of the Toronto and Montreal Masters 1000 was released, where the first major men's and women's events, respectively, will be played on North American soil.
In that sense, surprisingly (or not so much) all the 37 best players appear according to the international ranking. In fact, Roger Federer, who commented that he had had a setback in his right knee, would have planned to travel to Canada in the pre-US Open.
Likewise, Rafael Nadal would play two consecutive tournaments since the previous week he will participate in the ATP 500 in Washington. Beyond all the tennis players who entered directly, Kei Nishikori is noted since he used the protected ranking and Vasek Pospisil, the first invited by the organization.
Becker comments on Roger Federer
Now in a new column for the Daily Mail, Boris Becker has reiterated those concerns, while also touching upon the rise of the younger players on tour. The German also claimed that while Roger Federer probably didn't go into Wimbledon worrying about his future, the manner of his defeat to Hurkacz may have planted a seed of doubt in his mind.
"I think Roger arrived here thinking everything was pretty much going to his plan, which was to recover from his knee problems, get fit on the clay and put himself in a strong position to go very deep at SW19," Becker said.
"I don't believe that he came here deliberating when the best time is to retire, but he may well be doing so now. The manner of his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz changed things. There is a hesitancy on my part to suggest what he should do because one thing I learned is that in tennis you are ultimately on your own," Becker said.
"You can be supported and have all the off-court help but the sport puts you in the situation where you are alone out there. It is mentally very challenging and only he will know how losing that 6-0 set really felt." Boris Becker went on to talk about the privileges that Roger Federer has earned by virtue of the work he has put into his career over the years.
The German claimed that Federer has the right to go out on his own terms, especially given the way his year has gone so far. "Roger has earned the right to go out on the terms that he likes," Becker said. "He has been the most popular player ever and taken interest around the world to new heights, giving more to the game than anyone has done before.
I believe he was originally thinking of playing on well into next year, but I doubt that is the case now."