“Doesn’t Have to Be a Wimbledon Victory”: Roger Federer Reveals How He Wants to Retire

February 3, 2021 9:25 am

The tennis world has been waiting for Roger Federer to return for more than a year now. But along with that have come questions about his retirement and the Swiss maestro has finally cleared that out by revealing his plans.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland had planned to mark his comeback at the upcoming Australian Open; however, his fitness ruled him out.

This decision came to be looked upon as a sign of his career tailoring out. But Roger Federer has some other wishes.

“My biggest wish is to finish my career on my terms,” Federer said. “As I’ve said before, it doesn’t have to be a fairy-tale ending, it doesn’t have to be a Wimbledon victory, and then I’ll walk away.”

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the Gentlemen’s Singles final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

On a previous note, he had expressed how amazing it would be to win at Wimbledon. But more than anything, the 39-year-old is prioritizing his health over winning.

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Roger Federer wants to play for the whole season

More than winning Grand Slam tournaments, playing with fitness in front of fans is Federer’s current goal.

“The most important thing for me is to be completely healthy again,” he added. “And of course, that the fans can return to the stadiums. I followed tennis the last few months with melancholy.”

The 103 ATP titles winner has one of the most prominent careers in tennis history. And to set an end date on it is unfathomable. However, the Swiss maestro is still passionate about tennis and wants to see where it leads him.

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Federer has no specific date in mind for his retirement

“I haven’t set a specific date for the end of my career. We will now give it a go. For now, the goal is to play for the whole season. Then we’ll see how my body has reacted and how the results were,” Roger revealed.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning match point during his Men’s Singles first-round match against Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Federer also expressed concerns regarding his knee. With two surgeries on it only last year, nobody knows how he is managing to still play competitive tennis.

According to Federer, it’s the triumphant feeling with a shower of love from his fans that keeps him going.

“I just hope that everything will go well with the knee. I still have many wishes. I will just give it my all. I hope I can give the fans beautiful victories again and some beautiful emotions.”

Tennis fans will see Roger Federer in March competing for the Qatar Open title in Doha. He is looking forward to a big and exciting season, and so are his ardent fans.

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