‘I Don’t Believe Roger Federer Will Return’, Says Biographer and Renowned Tennis Journalist

Published 10/29/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville


Roger Federer made a brief comeback to the ATP Tour in 2021. He played in three rounds of the French Open and reached the Quarterfinals of Wimbledon, before taking another long break due to injury, a break which is still ongoing. He’s had to undergo another knee surgery which, while successful, has raised some question marks about his ability to continue at an elite level.

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The most recent poser of the inevitable question is renowned journalist and a sports columnist for The New York Times, Christopher Clarey. Author of ‘The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer’, Clarey has recently voiced his doubts about Federer’s potential return to the court.

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Christopher Clarey on Roger Federer’s retirement

Clarey recently gave his perspective on Roger Federer‘s retirement. In an interview when asked, “When will Federer retire?” 

The Journalist replied, “I don’t believe he will return to the circuit (after another knee surgery). It’s a guess. I believe he will realize, during his rehabilitation process, that time has changed. The new guys arrived. He has a lot to do in his life. At 40, what else will you conquer on the circuit?”

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his quarter final loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Fans of the Swiss Maestro have been desperately awaiting to see if a returning Federer can match his previous levels. Clarey poured cold water on those dreams as he continued,” He may even come back, but it will be a slow and difficult comeback. I don’t think he can win more Grand Slam tournaments. And I think you won’t be happy if you don’t have a chance of winning these tournaments.”

In August 2021, Christopher Clarey published the Federer’s biography, ‘The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer’.

Federer’s injury update

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The legendary Swiss player recently made a remarkable appearance at Laver Cup 2021. Federer received a warm welcome from the crowd in Boston. At Laver Cup, the Maestro revealed some positive news regarding his knee injury.

September 21, 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: RAFAEL NADAL talks with the media after his match with. M. Raonic in the Laver Cup tennis event in Geneva Switzerland. (Credit Image: © Christopher Levy/ZUMA Wire)

Roger Federer confessed that he’s in a good place right now, but the Swiss will take a few more months to recover fully. He said, “I took the time and, I don’t know, I’m just really in a good place. I’m really happy.”

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Clearly, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is pretty optimistic about his return to the ATP tour. Federer is currently tied with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the most number of Grand Slam titles, at 20. What do you think, who will acquire the 21st Grand Slam title first?

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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 analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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