Roger Federer reaffirmed his retirement from tennis saying “I’m definitely done” with the sport once this weekend’s Laver Cup is over.
In an interview broadcast on an American morning TV show Today On Wednesday, the Swiss superstar confirmed to journalist Savannah Guthrie that he would not reconsider his decision to hang up his racquet after a professional career spanning more than two decades that saw him win 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
The 41-year-old has struggled with injuries in recent years, undergoing several knee surgeries and having only appeared in two Grand Slams since reaching the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open , which culminated in a retirement announcement posted on social media last week.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said in his statement. “I’ve worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limitations, and his message to me lately has been clear.
” I’m 41 years old. I’ve played over 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.
“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball come true. Finally, in tennis: I love you and I will never leave you.
He will return to the pitch one last time at the Laver Cup in London – a team event where Europe take on Team World, which runs from Friday to Sunday this weekend – to say goodbye, although his schedule of exact play for the tournament will be confirmed. later in the week.
But when pressured by Guthrie on whether he could reverse his decision and replicate another all-time great – NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who retired in February but then chosen to return for his 45-year-old season – Federer was unequivocal.
“You know, not retiring is a thing now,” Guthrie probed. “You have finished?”
“No, no. I’m definitely done,” Federer replied. “I know that, yeah.”
The eight-time Wimbledon champion spent 310 weeks at No. 1 in the world rankings throughout his career, including a men’s record 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the pile from 2004 to 2008, and retired shortly thereafter. Serena Williams – who also defined and ruled an era – has announced that she will “evolve away from tennis”.