Roger Federer will leave tennis played at the end of the next Lever Cup, and tennis has actually stopped since that video announcement to celebrate one of the greatest ever. Perhaps, the greatest ever. But Roger Federer is not just a sum of talent, charisma and victories.
The Basel phenomenon is also a concentrate of stories, like every character.
A decision, that of Roger, inevitable and dictated by continuous physical problems. There were many hoping that the Maestro could treat himself to one last ride of the carousel in 2023, but the former ATP number 1 realized he could not go on.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will not even compete in the ATP in Basel, which means he is unable to take on a singles match. The last two and a half years have been terrible for the 41-year-old Swiss, who has had to deal with a serious right knee injury.
Roger underwent three surgeries, but his physique no longer allowed him to play at high levels.
When Roger Federer said: "I'd like to play piano for Mirka!"
Roger can play the piano well. He has shown his skills on more than one occasion, and he himself admits that he likes to surprise his wife Mirka by playing the piano.
Roger said at that time: "Piano was fun, I enjoyed playing again. My parents asked me to play the piano when I was younger, and of course, my head was stuck in tennis, so for me, the piano was always a little bit more complicated but being there back at the piano today was a lot of fun.
I still feel like I have it, to some extent. I still need some practice and on a second wait I would have more time again to start playing the piano because I'd like to maybe surprise my wife one day and play a song for her."