It is an unwritten rule or assumption in sports that if a player is approaching forty, they should think about retirement. Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, will turn 40 this year and, amid some injury hurdles in recent years, the retirement bells had long since rung.
And now it appears that Federer is resolved and perhaps has prepared for the eventual call. In a recent interview with GQ, Federer was candid about his retirement. He is no longer in a rush to win and is relaxed in his race. Obviously, he didn't have a solid answer, but revealed that now he has 'one last great chance to do something great.'
“I don't know, I'm very relaxed about where my career is, where my life is. And I know this [moment] is one last great, great opportunity for me to do something great. I mean, it's always like this when you've accomplished as much as I have."
Also, on the idea of turning 40, Federer summed up his years on tour. Federer has spent almost 75 percent of his life on tour, a place where he accomplished so much and has experienced it all. “I can't believe he's 39, to be honest.
Turning 40, it's like my life passed on tour. I have enjoyed so many moments, I have had some difficult moments, of course. I've been tired. I was hurt. I was sick. I have played with all kinds of problems. But I feel like the juniors were yesterday.
Do I sound like an 80-year-old who looks back on his childhood as the favorite part of him?" Despite all his surgery and recovery problems, Federer still trusts himself to win more. Not long ago, he had skipped the entirety of 2020 to recover from his surgeries.
Unfortunately, his return to tennis has not been easy with a lot of support for him to have a stellar comeback like he did in 2017.
Federer on his time spent on the tour
Roger Federer recently appeared in an interview for GQ Magazine, where he spoke at length on several topics - including retirement and his ambitions going forward.
Federer also shed light on some of his childhood fantasies, and revealed that he once wished to have his hair colored red. "I want to win more, otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone through the whole [last] year of surgeries and the process of doing five weeks on crutches and rehab," Federer said.
"I truly believe I can do it again. [But] I first have to prove to myself that the body can take it. The mind is ready to go." During the interaction, Roger Federer also reflected on his time spent on the tour (24 years and counting).
"I can't believe I'm 39, to be honest," Federer said. "Turning 40, it's like my life has gone by on the tour. I've enjoyed so many moments, I've had some tough moments, of course. I've been tired.
I was hurt. I was sick. I've played with all sorts of issues. But I feel like juniors were yesterday. Do I sound like an 80-year-old person who looks back at their childhood as their favorite part?"