On September 15, the world of tennis suffered a great earthquake caused by the announcement of Roger Federer. The Swiss champion, after not feeling very well with the progress of his knee rehabilitation, decided to say goodbye to the sport that has made him famous since the early 2000s.
The 41-year-old player touched numerous fans and enthusiasts of him with a very moving letter posted on his social channels. "Without you, my successes would have been empty, joyless and energyless. The last 24 years of touring have been an adventure.
Although sometimes it seemed that everything happened in 24 hours, sometimes it has been so deep and magical that it seems that it has lasted a lifetime. I have been lucky enough to play for you in more than 40 countries. I have laughed and cried, I have felt joy and sorrow, and sometimes I have felt so alive.
During my travels, I have been lucky enough to meet wonderful people, who will remain in my life forever, who always have a minute out of their busy lives to come and see me and cheer me up all over the world." Basel to explain to everyone the difficult decision he made.
The winner of 20 Slam titles is ready to end his wonderful career at the Laver Cup, the event he created a few years ago: a great doubles challenge is expected with another of the Fab 4, with Rafael Nadal among the most likely.
to play a match with the 41-year-old. At the moment, however, Roger's participation on the court is not yet 100% confirmed, although the tennis icon wants to be the protagonist with all his might, despite his physical problems.
Federer reflects on his mental well-being
Roger Federer, who holds numerous other records, said that he was content with his career achievements. “The last few years have been what they have been, but I'm very happy that I was able to win another five slams from 15 on.
For me it was incredible. Then I made it to over 100 titles, and all that stuff has been fantastic. Then just my longevity is something I'm very proud of. Don't need all the records to be happy; I tell you that”. he said.
He stressed that his priority during his playing days was his mental well-being. “For me, it was about how did I manage my schedule, was I happy on and off the court, did I like my life on the tour? And I did. I think I had the best of times,” he stated.