The Swiss tennis legend, Roger Federer, has made a monumental announcement regarding his retirement, that this French Open could be his last ever. And not just his last ever French Open, but also his last professional tournament EVER. It seems that the sun may be setting on the long and illustrious career of Roger Federer.
Roger Federer retirement: Rumours started long ago
The decision to play in the French Cup itself was quite bold. After all, Roger Federer hadn’t played on clay for the past 3 years.
Even before the tournament and this announcement, there were rumors of Federer calling it quits. And evidently, he did so, just before the tournament began. This would be his last trip to Roland Garros.
Roger went deeper in his interview to French TV channel Stade 2. He admitted that it was the age that was the reason behind him putting up his shoes. When asked whether this will be his last Roland Garros, Roger replied that he had reached such a stage of his career that any tournament that he plays in could be his last.
And he is not wrong, a tennis professional carrying on at 37 years old is unheard of. It is a testament to his incredible health and behind the scenes fitness work that he is still able to compete at this level at such an old age.
Talking about his approach to the tournament, however, Federer did say that he was not approaching it as if it was his last tournament. He admitted that he wanted to play “like it was 10 years ago”, with the same zest, enthusiasm, and energy. He said he would be more than happy to win a few games and get to spend a few weeks at Roland Garros.