Roger Federer has not played on the professional circuit since Wimbledon 2021. Injured in the knee, released on Monday from the ATP rankings for the first time since 1997, the Swiss, who will celebrate his 41 years in early August, should make his return during the Laver Cup in September, before taking part in the Basel tournament a month later. And after ? The player with 20 Grand Slam trophies does not rule out retiring. This is what he hinted in an exclusive interview granted Monday, July 11 to the Idutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
“I’m a lover of winning, but if you’re not competitive anymore, it’s better to quit. I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy with the little things, like when my son does something good and when my daughter is going home with a good grade”, said the man with 20 Grand Slam titles, father of four children (two twins and two twins).
“I’m a lover of winners, but if you’re not competitive anymore, then it’s better to quit. I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy with the little things.”
– We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) July 12, 2022
When talking about life after sport, he explains that he would be ready to stop when the time comes: “Tennis is part of my identity, but not my whole identity. I want to continue to be successful, and put a lot of energy into the business – probably give more than I should sometimes – but it can also be done in outside of sport. I know a professional career can’t last forever and that’s ok.”
The winner of eight Wimbledons also gave his feelings about his absence from the 2022 edition of the London tournament: “It’s very strange for me not to play Wimbledon this year and watch it on TV, because I’ve been there every time since 1998. But I’ve been on the road for so long, it was also nice to live a little more peacefully and be in one place more often, which has already happened due to the coronavirus. It gave me the opportunity to selectively sort out my travels and give something back. Many friends always offer to see me, now I can turn the page.”
The father of the family has enjoyed this long break, and the trips around the world seem to miss his children more than he does: “The tennis itinerary was excessive, especially since sometimes you also had to organize that for the children. It’s nice to have a break now, and for them too, although they miss the trips. But I can honestly say that I’m very happy at home. And it’s a great advantage that I can now make an appointment for a Tuesday morning in three weeks, without reality catching up with me. Sometimes we miss the progress of the world, and well Of course I miss sports too, but… living at home in a, let’s say, normal way is just as good.”