Roger Federer has said goodbye to tennis. What fans have long feared has now been made official in a press conference. Whilst this may feel like a crushing blow to the sport, it’s worth remembering that this is merely the first of a list of heartbreaking sporting retirements that are set to follow.
The Swiss superstar is the first of a golden generation of athletes to take the big step towards retirement.
Alongside Federer there is Rafa Nadal in tennis, LeBron James in basketball, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in football and Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in Formula 1.
Whilst Federer was seemingly comfortable with his decision to retire, it seems that others are not yet in the mood to follow suit.
The Spaniard has never closed the door on retirement, but he doesn’t seem to have it open either. At 36, he has had an almost spectacular year.
Injuries have not left him alone, but he has learned to live with them. It doesn’t look like he wants to follow in Roger’s footsteps. Not at least for the moment, although he is now resting after a season that has been tiring. In fact, in the last few days he confirmed it: “My career is not over, far from it”.
“I will certainly reach 400 races in Formula 1”. Just a few days ago, at the age of 41, he made it clear. In Monza, he equalled Kimi Raikkonen’s 349 starts. In Singapore he will complete one more and he will already hold the outright record. in addition to his two world championships,
As part of his agreement with Aston Martin, Alonso has signed for two more years, until he is 43, and then we’ll see. That’s why he left Alpine, to be sure that he would have a seat available until he says enough is enough. A new project.
Lewis Hamilton has won everything. He is a seven times champion, and led an era of dominance for Mercedes.
In 2021 he was on the verge of an eighth title that would have put him ahead of Michael Schumacher, however It was not to be… and the rumours about his farewell were unleashed.
Because of the controversy after the resumption of the Abu Dhabi race, many said Hamilton was too devastated to race again. but he came back.
Now he doesn’t have the car to win, but he doesn’t want to retire. He has already said it many times, that as long as he wants to compete, he will continue to do so.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
The two football stars don’t seem to be looking forward to announcing their farewells any time soon either. They are still in good form, although already far away from LaLiga Santander.
Cristiano (37) made it clear just a few hours ago, in fact. “The goal is the World Cup… but also Euro 2024,” he said in his last speech. It seems that he still has a long way to go, despite not having his best moment at club level.
And Messi, at 35, is still at PSG. Just this week he scored the goal that put PSG top of the group in Ligue 1. After all the controversy unleashed by the requests for renewal with Bara, it seems that retirement from the elite has not yet crossed his mind.
He is considered one of the best basketball players in history. He has won Four rings and four MVP awards. He also has 18 consecutive All Star selections. In 2027, LeBron James could join his two sons in the NBA.
He said it, just a few months ago. He wanted it to happen … and it would keep him from a possible goodbye until he’s 42.
“I feel like I could play for quite a while. It all depends on my body but, more importantly, my mind,” he explained.
Last year was not good for him. He finished out of the Play-Ins, but it looks like things could change. The Lakers’ roster is being reinforced so that the same thing doesn’t happen in 2022, and it seems that it could be a motivation for the player to decide to continue with his career without looking at his age (37).