Michael Stich scolds Roger Federe: "He should have given up sooner"

The former Wimbledon champion spoke out about the Swiss Maestro's retirement, which occurred at Wimbledon 2022

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Michael Stich scolds Roger Federe: "He should have given up sooner"
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Former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich has spoken out about Roger Federer's retirement at the 2022 edition of the Laver Cup, at the age of 41. According to the German, Federer would have postponed his retirement from professional tennis too long, underlining how the Swiss Maestro should have given up a little earlier.

Stich discussed he and Federer's retirement from the sport. Stich left professional tennis at the age of 28, after the 1997 Wimbledon semifinal. The German told: "I'm glad I quit at 28. It must also be said that the decision was completely spontaneous after losing the semi-final against Cédric Pioline at Wimbledon in 1997.

It was my decision and I had to live with it. That's why the reaction from those around me wasn't that important to me at first. Apart from that, I still think that there is no perfect time to end your career anyway. Look at Roger Federer: With the knowledge we have today, from the outside, maybe he should have let it go a little earlier.

But in the end it was his decision and if he feels comfortable with the final years of his career, that's still okay."

Roger Federer: The Master of Tennis

Roger Federer, born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland, is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

With his elegance on the court, his impeccable play and his humility off the court, he has won the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Federer's career has been characterized by incredible consistency and success. He reached the top of the world rankings for a record 310 weeks, of which 237 consecutive, establishing the absolute record in men's tennis.

He has won 20 Grand Slam titles, including eight Wimbledon victories, five Australian Open victories, one Roland Garros and six US Opens. But Federer's career is not just rackets and triumphs. He is also a man of class, style and compassion.

Founder of the Roger Federer Foundation, he is actively involved in the education of disadvantaged children in Africa and in other initiatives that aim to improve the lives of those less fortunate. He has an unparalleled sporting attitude, always showing respect for his opponents and for the game itself.

His behavior on the court is impeccable, and his elegance makes him a style icon in the world of tennis. Although he has faced several injuries and challenges throughout his career, Federer has always managed to come back stronger and conquer new heights.

He is an example of perseverance and resilience for young aspiring tennis players. His legacy in tennis will be unforgettable. His elegant playing style, his sporting attitude and his humility will continue to inspire future generations of tennis players.

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