“Don’t Want to Abuse My Body”: Roger Federer Opens Up on Retirement

Published 09/27/2021, 2:43 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs


Roger Federer currently holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles in the history of men’s tennis alongside Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The 40-years old is recovering from a knee surgery and hopes to return to the courts in 2022. In a recent interview, the Swiss star talked about diverse topics such as Wimbledon, mental health, and retirement. His words on retirement were truly remarkable and revealing.

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Roger Federer speaks on retirement

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The 40-year-old is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The former World No.1 has had a storied and record-breaking career.

In a recent interview with BritishGQ, Federer spoke about retirement. He said, “Like any athlete, you will just know when the time is right. I am not going to be one that’s just going to stick around because I want to stick around…fans mean a lot to me but I do not want to abuse my body. I still want to run around with my kids and ski.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day Five of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Federer showed a healthy respect for his body and seemed ready to be listen to it when the time was right. As fans, we can only hope that the time isn’t right for at least a few more years.

Federer’s injury update

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At present, Roger Federer is recovering from his knee injury. The Maestro’s last appearance in a Grand Slam was at Wimbledon 2021. He cruised past his first four opponents but was crushed by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals. After the defeat at Wimbledon, Federer announced that he won’t be participating in any tournaments for the rest of the season because of another knee surgery.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Hubert Hurkacz of Poland shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning their men’s Singles Quarter Final match on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Edward Whitaker – Pool/Getty Images)

Federer made a special appearance at Laver Cup 2021. The crowd went crazy and gave a standing ovation for the Swiss Maestro. The former World No. 1 gave a quick update on his rehabilitation following the knee surgery.

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He stated that he was ‘in a really good place‘ and that the worst was behind him. Federer also seemed eager to return for the 2022 season.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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