Roger Federer discusses retirement plans following Djokovic loss
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Roger Federer has admitted that his retirement is “really getting closer” as he remains a doubt for the upcoming US Open. The world No 9 hasn’t played since Wimbledon after suffering a “setback” with his ongoing knee injury during the grass court season. His career has since been thrown into doubt after he said everything was “uncertain” when he was forced to withdraw from the US Open warm-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Federer recently admitted that he hadn’t done anything for a “long time” because of his ongoing knee injury, as he dampened hopes of a comeback at the US Open which starts in just two weeks.
The Swiss tennis ace underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, shutting down his season even before a five-month suspension was announced during the pandemic.
He has played just five tournaments since last year’s Australian Open, most recently making the Wimbledon quarter-finals where he received his first ever bagel set at the All England Club as Hubert Hurkacz dispatched him 6-3 7-6(4) 6-0.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion then announced he would be skipping the Tokyo games after suffering an injury setback on the grass and hoped to return to the tour later in the summer but now says everything is “uncertain” as he has been unable to recover in time for the two Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati.
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He has since dropped a new retirement hint as he said his post-tennis list was “really getting closer”.
Speaking to Schweizer Illustrierte, he revealed the things on his bucket list for after retirement, admitting that it wouldn’t be long until he could do them all.
“Going to see the blossoms of the Japanese cherry trees in Tokyo, taking part in the big season finals of the NBA, NHL or NFL without always having to ask myself, is the long flight possible, does it fit into my training plans? These will be completely new experiences,” he said.
“Really experience cultures instead of just jetting over them. Discovering beautiful parks all over the world with the children – Mirka and I have longed for it for a long time. And that is really getting closer now.”
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Federer, who turned 40 a week ago, has previously said he still enjoys life on the tour but there are fears his body may cause him to retire before he wants to.
The ATP 500 event in Basel has often been many people’s prediction for the tournament he will want to say goodbye at, being the tournament he was once a ball boy at which is also held in his home city.
With the 2021 edition already cancelled due to uncertainties during the pandemic, if the ten-time Basel champion wants to retire at his home event he will have to wait until the end of next year.
As retirement rumours remain rife, many experts have given their opinion on the end of Federer’s career, including one of his former fitness trainers.
Speaking to Sebastian Torok of La Nacional ahead of Federer’s 40th birthday, former physio Paul Dorochenko said: “I would also like him to retire on his own terms as Sampras did.”
Meanwhile, former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli said the 103-time title winner was “impossible to read” and would likely surprise everyone with his plans when the time to retire comes.
Speaking on an episode of Match Points, Bartoli said: “I’ve learned something about Roger: it’s impossible to read his mind; impossible. You can listen to all of his press conferences, read [articles about him] You can think something and the opposite will happen.
“I think only he knows what he really wants and how he wants to end his career. I believe he wants to end on a high and on something that makes him happy.”
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