Yesterday evening, Roger Federer released some statements to some colleagues in the Swiss press in which he spoke last summer about how he reached the decision to retire, giving some ideas for the near future. Leave the door open for potential performances if the knee permits, with the premise of it becoming suspended as well, perhaps at Wimbledon. Here are some excerpts from the interview compiled by colleague Renee Stauffer.
“In the weeks leading up to retirement, I was nervous that I wasn’t feeling well, I had constant stomach pains, I was putting off a decision. Tony (Godsick, his manager, Ed) went on a rampage because I took so long. After it all came out, I was much better. Writing the letter took a lot of energy. It was touching, especially to my parents and Mirka. After that, I can now talk calmly about the retreat, I don’t think I would have been able to be so calm.”
“I decided to quit a few days after Wimbledon, in July. The knee was no longer coming forward. I asked myself: What’s the point? We’ve been on a tightrope for so long. I know it’s the right decision, the only good decision possible.”
“I am absolutely amazed at how well I can play here in London in training. But it was already clear that I could only play doubles, maybe on a Friday night. That is why unfortunately playing at Swiss Endoors in Basel is no longer an option and I stop early.”
Under real knee conditions, Roger didn’t unbutton himself, even when asked specifically, summing up just saying “I hope he does a good enough job for my husband. In July I started reducing workouts more and more, but I still wanted to keep fit. “.
The most painful sentence relates to his comeback in 2021. He tried in every way to make it happen, but if his conditions were at their limit in every game he played: “It was tough, the whole recovery was very difficult. I was very far from 100% every time I set out for The field. Reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon was unbelievable for me given my precarious conditions. But the last set against Hurkacz was very tough, one of the worst hours of my career.” In that group, Roger probably realized his career was coming to an end.
the future? Maybe he’s still on the pitch sometimes: “I’d like to go on with some exhibition matches if I can afford it, I think I still have a chance to fill the stadiums. It doesn’t have to be 52,000 people like in Cape Town of course.”
Roger opens up the possibility of becoming a commentator: “I never thought I’d say it, but six months ago I suddenly thought: Hang on tennis someday? Although I’ve always said I’d never, it might be fun. Comment on some matches Wimbledon… who knows.”
The last period of his life was complicated, as he saw the difficulty of recovering from the injury, not only for him but also for Mirka: “I am sure the boys and Mirka will be at the heart of my future. The past few years have been difficult for me, but I think they have been even more difficult for me. Her. She no longer liked watching me suffer all my injuries in the condition I was in. I felt so sorry for her too, she suffered from my situation.”
The boys’ reaction to retirement: “They got so excited, three out of four cried. They asked: ‘Aren’t we going to Halle, Wimbledon, and Indian Wells anymore?’ I said, ‘Not really, if you like, of course we can go back.'”