In an exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” Roger Federer affirmed that his choice to retire from skilled tennis is certainly last.
Federer first shared the information on Twitter on Sept. 15, however as Guthrie stated, “un-retiring is a factor now,” referencing NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who announced his retirement however later went on to play one other season. Nevertheless, after a tennis profession spanning greater than 20 years, 1000’s of matches, and dozens of accolades, Federer stated, “No, no. I’m undoubtedly achieved.”
Federer’s retirement information got here as one other big shake-up to the skilled tennis circuit simply weeks after fellow superstar Serena Williams, 40, announced her retirement. The Swiss participant has dominated males’s tennis since his skilled debut in 1998, successful 20 Grand Slam singles titles, together with a document eight Wimbledon singles titles, in addition to a pair of Olympic medals.
Within the statement posted to Twitter, Federer wrote: “As lots of you realize, the previous three years have offered me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures. I’ve labored laborious to return to full aggressive type. However I additionally know my physique’s capacities and limits, and its message to me these days has been clear. I’m 41 years previous. I’ve performed greater than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I have to acknowledge when it’s time to finish my aggressive profession. . . . It is a bittersweet choice, as a result of I’ll miss all the pieces the tour has given me. However on the identical time, there may be a lot to rejoice. I think about myself probably the most lucky individuals on Earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a degree that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought potential.”
To my tennis household and past,
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022
In the identical Twitter announcement, Federer defined that the Laver Cup, which runs from Sept. 23 to 25 in London this yr, shall be his last occasion with the Affiliation of Tennis Professionals (ATP, the governing physique of males’s skilled tennis competitions). The Laver Cup pits a team of six top European players against another squad featuring six players from around the world.
Unwilling to desert his love of the game fully, Federer wrote that he’ll nonetheless play tennis, simply not within the aggressive circuit.
After thanking his household, followers, crew, opponents, and sponsors, Federer continued: “The final 24 years on tour have been an unimaginable journey. Whereas it generally feels prefer it glided by in 24 hours, it has additionally been so deep and magical that it appears as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime. I’ve had the immense fortune to play in entrance of you in over 40 completely different international locations. I’ve laughed and cried, felt pleasure and ache, and most of all I’ve felt extremely alive.”
You possibly can watch Federer’s full interview with NBC’s “At present” on Sept. 21.