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‘When You Announce Retirement You Should Retire’ – John McEnroe Says Roger Federer and Serena Williams Shouldn’t Try to Make a Comeback in Tennis

Published 09/21/2022, 11:22 PM EDT

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Over the years, we have seen many athletes make a comeback after announcing their retirement. From the likes of Michael Jordan to Tom Brady, these players have enthralled fans after their returns to the sporting world. Recently, two of the greatest players in tennis, Roger Federer and Serena Williams announced their retirement. However, fans are hoping that they’ll make a U-turn on their retirement decision.

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While Serena Williams bid adieu to tennis after the US Open, Federer still has a tournament to play. The Swiss maestro will play the last match of his professional tennis career at the Laver Cup. Recently, tennis legend John McEnroe revealed why these two legends of the sport shouldn’t make a return to tennis.


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John McEnroe talks about the potential comebacks of Serena Williams and Roger Federer

During an interview, American tennis legend, John McEnroe opened up about the comebacks of Serena and Roger Federer. He said, “Both of these superstars and legends can do whatever they want. To me when you announce retirement, you should retire.”

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Taking the example of other athletes, he said, “But you look at other athletes and they come back and they think, ‘hey I just played well I can still win’ so that’s really up to them.”


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Further, he went on to add, “Of course, we want to see them play forever but it feels like when you make those type of announcements it’s right to say, ‘this is the way it should end’. I think it would be better for all concerned.” 


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John McEnroe to captain Team World at the 2022 Laver Cup

The 63-year-old was announced the captain of the Team World at this year’s Laver Cup. His team boasts young stars like Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, and Frances Tiafoe. Additionally, he will also have the likes of Diego Schwartzman, Alex de Minaur, and Jack Sock at his disposal.

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They will be up against a strong Team Europe team. It comprises of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Casper Ruud.

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Written by:

Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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Veer Badani