American tennis player Noah Rubin says he hopes that Swiss legend Roger Federer will remain involved in tennis and continue to work towards the development of the game once he retires from the sport. Speaking to InsideHook about what lies in the future for the 20-time Grand Slam champion once he retires from the game, Rubin says, "Will he take true time out of his years once he’s passed tennis to make sure tennis ends up growing and not dying out? I want to be hopeful and say yes, but you never know.
There’s been multiple times where [players have elected not to remain active], and I can’t fault players for not doing it. It is a disservice, but at the same time, that’s their choice. If they feel they’ve given enough to tennis, they’re doing what they can, now they’re just tired and want to get out of it, you know, we can’t force them.
But I do think we need [it], especially Federer, who’s transcended tennis like never before, to step up even after he takes a break. After that, step up and let’s try to grow tennis. He’s obviously a prominent voice”.
Rubin says an athlete like Roger Federer comes around once every 10, 20 years, "These kind of athletes come around once every 10, 20 years. You put him on the level of a Michael Jordan. You put him on the level of a Messi.
These are the people that through their work and efforts in their sport, and through their efforts off the court and off the field, you just can’t compare to anybody else. I almost feel like with the life Federer has had, the life he’s gotten from tennis — and it’s probably not my place to say, but I’m going to say it anyway — I feel like it’s his responsibility to try to further the sport … even more than he has.
That’s a tough thing to say, but that’s the responsibility of being Roger Federer”. Federer is 38 years old and has indicated that he would play the entire 2020 season - adding that he hopes to win at least one of the six major titles this year - the four Slams, the season-ending ATP Finals or the Olympics.