Roger Federer is set to play the French Open 2019 for the first time since 2015. However, he denied all the retirement rumors after the Roland Garros. The 2009 French Open champion will face Lorenzo Sonego in the first round in Paris.
Speaking to the New York Times reporter Christopher Clarey, Roger Federer said, he has no plans on retirement from tennis as he feels, the more he thinks about retirement, the more he already feels retired.
Roger Federer also denied retirement plans after the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He said, “I heard rumors that people said I definitely wanted to play the Tokyo Olympics next year, and that’s when I’m going to retire, but I never said anything like that. I really don’t know. I always said, ‘The more I think about retirement, the more I am already retired’.”
Roger Federer added, “People ask me, what are you going to do next? And I say, ‘Well, in a way I’m not quite sure, because I feel if I plan everything for my post-career, I feel like I’m halfway there.’ I think it would not affect my performance per se, but maybe my overall desire to want to do well.”
Federer made a comeback at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019 after skipping the clay season for 3 years. He lost in the quarterfinals against Dominic Thiem in Madrid. After many doubts, the 20-time grand slam champion returned at the Italian Open 2019. The 37-year-old reached the quarterfinals in Rome before pulling out of the event due to an injury.
However, Roger Federer hinted that he’ll come back next year in Rome, denying all the retirement rumors. He said after pulling out of the Rome Masters, “I’m disappointed that I will not be able to compete today. I am not 100 percent physically and, after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play,” Federer said while adding, “Rome has always been one of my favorite cities to visit and I hope to be back next year.”