Roger Federer says he “fell in love with a lot of things” to walk away from tennis, with the 41-year-old vowing to stay in some capacity and not become a “ghost”.
20 times Grand Slam Champion He announced last week that he will end his professional tennis career After the Laver Cup which started at the O2 in London on Friday.
Federer, whose last competitive match was lost to Obert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, has a knee problem.
“It’s time to retire. I think a moment like this didn’t come overnight. It was a process – an emotional process – which I ultimately thought we did well, with the family, the team, and my close friends,” Federer said.
“It all worked out and now we are in the Laver Cup. But it has certainly been very unusual for me in the last few weeks.”
Speaking at a packed press conference at O2, the 41-year-old made it clear he had plans to stay involved in tennis in the future, saying: “I just wanted to tell the fans that I won’t be a ghost.
“I talked about (European captain) Bjorn Borg. I don’t think he’s been back at Wimbledon for 25 years. I don’t think I’m going to be that guy and I feel like tennis has given me so much. The game for so long. I’ve fallen in love with so many things.
“I’d love to see people again and that’s kind of wanted to let the fans know you’ll see me again. Not just again. Now what it could be, and in what capacity, I don’t know. So I still have to think about it a bit but give myself time.”
Could Federer team up with longtime rival Nadal?
Federer confirmed that he will play his final doubles match on Friday night before calling time on his illustrious career.
Then Italian Matteo Berrettini, the first substitute for the tag team championship, will replace Federer at the weekend.
“It’s an event that I don’t want to mess with, but I know my limits. I asked Bjorn if I could play my doubles one, Friday night, and then Matteo comes along.
“I’m nervous, I haven’t played in a long time.”
Therefore, Swanson Federer could be a mouth-watering association with his longtime rival Rafael Nadal.
“Obviously the most beautiful thing would be to play doubles here with Nadal, because he was my biggest competitor,” he said.
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also on Team Europe, which will face a world class team that includes Taylor Fritz, Felix Augur-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman.
What will Federer miss the most?
“I don’t want to say love-hate, but the things you’ll miss, you’re glad you don’t have to do again,” the Swiss admitted. “I love tying my shoes, getting ready, putting on a handkerchief, and looking in the mirror, are we ready for this? Yeah, well, let’s go.”
“As much as I love it, I’m glad I don’t have to go through it again. Having those knots in my stomach, waiting all day, having breakfast, thinking tonight, I have another big game. Oh, I have another 15 hours waiting for it.”
“Serena and I were the bridge of the old and new generation”
Talking to Sky SportsFederer considered his retirement and that of Serena Williams, saying it was a privilege for both of them to play across generations.
Asked what they brought to the sport, Federer said: “Different things for sure. But in the end we both did it as mums and dads.
“When we were kids we toured, we never thought we’d end up (like this). I think we were definitely the bridge from the old generation to the new generation, which I think was a privilege for me playing through the generations like this, and the same for her.”
“I think it brought the game of power like no other and changing the game is something I think is the biggest compliment. I don’t know if I did it, but I did it my way and I hope people enjoy watching me play for a long time.
“I always like to go back to tennis in some form or form, but I don’t know in what capacity.”
I still think tennis is going to be really exciting and maybe we don’t know exactly which way it’s going to go, but we’ll see some ridiculous defense, some unbelievable strength, and great personalities. I will be their first fan. everything will be alright.
Federer was not positive about serving and volleyball
The eight-time Wimbledon champion paid tribute to the next generation of players to come, including New World number one Carlos Alcaraz, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, but said the sport and overall coverage in the stadiums were slowly taking over. From serving and traditional volleyball.
“The best movers are the best players,” he said. “It’s been this way for the last 10 or 20 years now, and it’s always going to be, if you see what they can do. I think it’s going to stay that way.
“I’m not optimistic about serving and shooting. I think it’s easier to stay on the baseline after serving.
“There are definitely ways to have an all-court game, a transition game, which I loved playing. I loved my half-balls, I loved my transition game. I knew if I hit it on the serve line, it was a chance to get close to my opponent. They’re coming. So I better play a meter. One to baseline, and then I can keep them.
“At the moment that’s not the case. I still think tennis is going to be really exciting and maybe we don’t know exactly which way it’s going to go, but we’ll see some ridiculous defense, some incredible strength, and great personalities. I’ll be their number one fan. Everything will be OK. fine.”
Federer’s career in numbers
- 20- Grand Slam titles
- 31- Grand Slam Finals
- 23 – consecutive appearances in a Grand Slam semi-final from 2004 to 2010, an all-time record
- 36 – Back-to-back Grand Slam quarter-final appearances
- 65 – consecutive Grand Slam appearances from the Australian Open in 2000 to the French Open in 2016
- 8 – Wimbledon titles, more than any man
- 6 – Australian Open
- 5 – US Open titles
- 1 – French Open title
- 1,251 – won career matches out of 1,526
- 369 – Match Wins at Grand Slam
- 22- Back-to-back Wimbledon appearances
- 310 – I spent 1 week in the world, 237 of which were consecutive weeks
- 36 – At 36 years and 320 days old, Federer was the world’s oldest ranked No. 1 player in ATP history
- 5 – Federer has reached the final in every Grand Slam at least five times
- 103 – Professional titles, second place in the Open Era behind Jimmy Connors
- 6 – ATP Finals titles won, an all-time record
- 10- Titles won at ATP events in Basel and Halle
- 12 – 2006 titles, his most successful season
- 92 matches won by 97 matches in 2006
- 65 consecutive matches on grass from 2003 to 2008
- 3 – Federer has reached the finals of all four Grand Slams in three different seasons
- 2 – Olympic medals; Gold in doubles with Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and silver in singles in 2012
- 24- A loss to his great rival Rafael Nadal from 40 matches
- 130594339 Prize money (in US dollars)
- 550 million – net worth (US$)
London has a special place in Federer’s heart
This city and its fans have given me so much so I thought it was appropriate to end it here.
“The Laver Cup will be my last active tournament. It feels good. I think it’s a beautiful place. Having Björn Borg as my captain, you can imagine that means the world to me. I think it would be very special here in London,” Federer said.
“I think it would only be great because the city gave me two World Tour Finals wins here to wrap up an amazing year that I might have already had in those years.
“This city and its fans have given me so much so I thought it was appropriate to end it here. I won’t stop playing tennis, it’s just that I won’t play for points anymore. I will keep playing with my kids my friends, I hope they play fairs in the future and keep promoting the game And playing in places I haven’t played before. So I’m really looking forward to that too in the future.”
Borg and McEnroe praise Roger
The seven-time Grand Slam champion said, “Everyone loves him and he’s also supporting her because he’s an amazing person on top of everything else. If there’s one thing I envy, it’s his absolute love for the sport,” McEnroe said. “He loves everything about her.
“He made looking hard easy. That’s the best quality. If you can get it in tennis, you’re in good shape.”
“Federer was an artist,” said Borg, the five-times Wimbledon champion. “It’s that simple and hard like that too, but he did everything that many people like to do on a tennis court.”