'My feeling about Roger Federer not playing again is...', says former ace



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'My feeling about Roger Federer not playing again is...', says former ace

The announcement of Roger Federer's retirement shocked the tennis world and beyond. Although the news was in the air, one cannot remain indifferent to the end of an era. The most beloved tennis player of all time will hang his racket after the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September.

The Swiss phenomenon has tried in every way to get back competitive, but has realized that he cannot go on. The last two and a half years have been a real ordeal for the King, who had to deal with a serious right knee injury.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had tried a timid comeback in 2021, but hadn't gone beyond the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Then came the third knee operation, hoping to treat himself to one last ride of the merry-go-round.

An illusion that officially died out on Thursday 15 September. On the other hand, the fact that Roger has decided to give up the ATP in Basel means that he is unable to take a singles match.

Wilander praises King Roger

“My feeling about Roger Federer not playing again or not being able to see him live again, in proper competitive matches, is very sad,” said Wilander in a chat for Eurosport about Federer’s announcement.

“I was hoping that he might have another three or four events in him. But at the same time, I think when we see the level that the game has gone to in the last couple of years, maybe he realises and we should realise that it's nearly impossible to get back to that level as 40, 41 year old.

So I guess yes, and of course, sad. But at the same time, I think I want to celebrate the fact that Roger Federer took our game to the very top of all sports, of professional athleticism, because Roger Federer was not only the greatest tennis player at a time of all time, he also was elected one of the greatest athletes in the world for a year or two.

And because he did that, we now took a look at his footwork. And we realised that this guy, his athleticism, because it looks so smooth. his athleticism is up there with the absolute greatest athletes of all time, and we didn't care if it was basketball in Michael Jordan or European football with Pele or Nadia Comaneci in gymnastics. Roger Federer was up there and we never had even come close to that being a tennis player before."