At the age of 40, Swiss champion Roger Federer, winner of twenty Grand Slam titles, is now in the final stages of his extraordinary career. In recent years, the Swiss tennis player has played very little, he played a few tournaments in 2021 returning from a stoppage of many months and stopped again at the Wimbledon quarter-finals (defeated in three sets by Hubert Hurkacz) and since that day he has not more back on the pitch.
Several hypotheses have been made about Roger's return, but at the moment the future of one of the main icons of this sport in tennis is still to be deciphered. After the age of 40 it now seems that the Swiss tennis player is only about to end his career with a catwalk, but given his very long stop, his continuous return appears very complicated.
In the last few hours, a sensational decision has come from the Swiss federal body that deals with tennis, the well-known Swiss Tennis. Due to their prolonged hiatus Roger Federer and Stanislav Wawrinka have been excluded from the Swiss ranking, a ranking that is published continuously every six months.
The Swiss number one is currently Henri Laaksonen (87), followed by Dominic Stricker (177) and Marc-Andrea Hüsler (176). It will certainly not be an easy period for Crusader tennis, accustomed to many victories in this sport in the last twenty years.
However, it starts again slowly and by now Federer will remain out of this ranking, unless a return is shortly. Federer's dream is to try to return for the next edition of Wimbledon, perhaps for a final 'catwalk' or for something that would undoubtedly be sensational.
Clarey reflects on King Roger
Roger Federer's future in the sport has been a topic of conversation for a long time now as the Swiss superstar continues to be sidelined with injuries. "Roger is an optimist, has positive energy, young children.
He certainly has two goals: first, get his knee fixed so that he can later have a normal life with his children. That's a big motivator," Clarey said. He feels the Swiss is used to retirement talks as those questions have been doing the rounds for a long time.
"And secondly… well, people have been asking Roger since 2009 when he won the French Open when he was going to retire. He's immune to it. His role models are people like Laver, Rosewall or Agassi. I don't think he likes coming back just for the Laver Cup.
Maybe it will, but I don't think that's what he wants," he said. "At the end of the day, he's someone who enjoys playing tennis, who enjoys feeling the ball on the racquet. And he loves competition."