“Wouldn’t Want Him to Stop with an Injury”: Former Olympic Gold Medalist Opens Up Roger Federer’s Retirement

Published 05/16/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 4-6, 7-6, 19-17 win over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Semifinal of Men’s Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Former Olympic Gold medalist Marc Rosset has shared his thoughts on the talk around the future of compatriot Roger Federer in tennis. The former Swiss tennis champion has said that the chatter around his retirement should stop as it’s “so much better” to have him in the sport than seeing him settle into a life after tennis.

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Rosset said when it comes to all-time greats like Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, nobody remembers their last matches, barring those who are obsessed with statistics.

Roger Federer’s legend will persist long after he is gone, says Marc Rosset

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All that the tennis fans remember the likes of Becker and Agassi by the monikers ‘Boom-Boom’ and the ‘Kid From Las Vegas’ respectively, Rosset said, adding that his countrymate and good friend will go down similarly as the legend of Federer will persist long after he has set down his racquet for good.

In an interview with a Swiss-French publication, the former Olympian said, “Do you remember Becker or Agassi’s last game? Apart from absolute tennis fans or crazy people like me, everyone forgot about it. We only remember ‘Boom-Boom’ or the ‘Kid From Las Vegas’.”

He said that instead of speculating on his future, the tennis world should cherish and celebrate the champion while he is still around providing unbridled joy with his exploits on a tennis court.

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against David Goffin of Belgium on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Federer should keep delighting fans with his tennis, says Rosset

Rosset, who also happens to be the tournament director of Geneva Open where Federer will make his maiden appearance this year before his much-anticipated comeback to Roland-Garros, said he would wish for the champion to play on, irrespective of where he is in the rankings.

He admitted he wouldn’t mind it one bit if the champion were to drop further in the rankings and enlist to play a low-profile tournament just for the fun of staying involved in the game.

The former champion said, “So if it pleases Roger to be 20th in the world and to have fun by registering for a tournament in Turkey or elsewhere, so much the better.”

However, Rosset said he wouldn’t want the eight-time Wimbledon champion to bow out with an injury.

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“I just wouldn’t want him to stop with an injury, that would be hard,” Rosset said.

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

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Federer has found himself in a testing draw in Geneva, with the likes of veteran Grand Slam champion Marin Cilic in his half, but wouldn’t mind facing tough opponents before making his Grand Slam return at the French Open.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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