After a 24-year career, Roger Federer retired in September this year due to the precarious condition of his right knee. The Swiss tried in every way to get back on the circuit, but his physique sent him clear signals and the King had to accept reality.
The former world number 1 had tried a timid return last year, playing just 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon. Through a letter posted on Instagram on September 15, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced his decision to retire.
The Maestro from Basel played the last match of his career alongside his arch-rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded himself in 2017. Roger received a splendid tribute at the end of the match, which served to certify the huge impact it has had on the sport over the past two decades.
During an event organized by Uniqlo in Tokyo, Federer expressed his desire to organize some performances in the future.
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Roger Federer has hinted that he will have a farewell tour at some point – when the knee allows it of course – stating: “I know is I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank you for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me.
I am still a little bit scared [when it comes other sports] right after retirement as my knee has been a little bit so-so and that [skiing] has to wait,” the former world No 1 said. “As time goes by I will be able to do more trips and we are always planning our vacations and I want them to be really fun.
They can become a little bit more creative. I would love to take my kids to Africa whereas before vacations always had to be relaxing because my life on the road was so busy, but now our vacations can be a bit more adventurous”.
Nick McCarvel, a well-known tennis reporter, analyst, and host, recently discussed Roger Federer's farewell at the 2022 Laver Cup. "It was amazing. I think Roger [Federer] pushed himself to get ready. I think he was trying to come back.
He came to Wimbledon for that centenary celebration to center court. I think there was the idea that he was gonna make the final push for one more Wimbledon 2023, but the body just wasn't up to it," McCarvel said.