Tennis: Roger Federer: “It was about time that I retired”

In his latest interview, tennis legend Roger Feder explained in more detail the decision he took last week to retire from the game.

He revealed that it was a difficult and emotional decision, but one he felt obliged to take. “The decision was in a way difficult to take because you never want to take it. I think as a professional athlete, you want to always be active forever. It was about time that I retired. I think a moment like this doesn’t come overnight. It was a process – an emotional one – which at the end I thought we managed well, with the family, the team, my closest friends.”

It was about time that I retired. I think a moment like this doesn’t come overnight. It was a process – an emotional one.

Injuries also played their part in his decision hang up his racket. It was a few days after Wimbledon back in July when his doubts starting growing stronger and stronger. Federer explained that he starting asking himself if it was worth playing through the pain. “I started asking myself: What now? It’s just that it (the injury) had been the same for a long time and without improvement. I know that retiring is the right decision and the only possible one”, he said.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner is currently in London to play in what will be the last games of his career at the Laver Cup. Despite this, the Swiss revealed his desire to remain involved some way in the world of tennis. “I will not stop playing tennis, it’s just I will not play for points anymore.”

Now that he has more free time, Federer also wants to spend more time with his wife and children: “I have my four children, who are also still young, so I obviously want to be there for them.”