Harsh words from a world star.
Tennis player Roger Federer, 41, hardly needs an introduction. He has won 20 grand slam titles and for a long time he was the king of tennis. However, in recent years he has suffered from several injuries and his last major performances were the historic Wimbledon last year.
Last week he announced that he is ending the successful career. Now it’s over. The Laver Cup, which will be played in London this weekend, will be the Swiss legend’s last competition on the ATP tour.
In a long and open interview, Federer now talks about his career and the future. He also talks about the moment he realized his career was over.
– After the loss to Hubert Hurkacz in Wimbledon last year, I realized that. After that game I told the crowd I hope to see them again next year. Then and there I believed it. But in the days and weeks that followed, the knee just got worse and worse and I realized it wasn’t going to work. It was very emotional when I realized it was over, he says, according to Aftonbladet.
The legend’s call to Björn Borg
Roger Federer has long had Björn Borg as his idol. The Swedish world star in tennis was responsible for magnificent performances, despite the fact that he ended his career at just 25 years old. Borg ventured into business life before making a comeback to the sport.
Federer believes that he will not do like Björn Borg and leave tennis completely. One way or another, Federer will be involved.
– I don’t want the fans to think that I disappear completely. I’ve always thought it was sad when superstars quit and then you never see them again. I told Björn Borg that too, he didn’t appear at Wimbledon for 25 years after he quit. Everyone does what they want, but I think it’s sad for the sake of the fans. I’m not like that. I love this sport too much to leave it completely, says Roger Federer.
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