Up to date: July 27, 2020 9:48:57 pm
Roger Federer addressed speculations about his retirement after he confirmed final month that he will likely be out of motion for the rest of the yr resulting from knee surgical procedure.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who will flip 39 subsequent month, was final seen in motion the 2020 Australian Open in January the place he was knocked out of the competitors within the semi-final by winner Novak Djokovic.
Though, he suffered an harm setback amidst the coronavirus pandemic in June, he has confirmed that he received’t be retiring earlier than 2021 as he has dedicated himself in taking part within the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
In an interview with SportsPanorama, Federer once more clarified the retirement rumours, claiming the media has been speculating about it for greater than a decade.
“Since I received the French Open in 2009, the media has been chopping on this subject. However it’s already clear that I’m on the finish of my profession,” mentioned Federer.
“I can’t say what will likely be in two years. That’s why I plan yr after yr. I’m nonetheless completely happy proper now. However when the cogwheels don’t grip anymore, I cease.”
“When I’m outdated, I’ll positively nonetheless play tennis. However now not practice, simply ball,” the Swiss added.
Federer’s resolution to forego the 2020 season has paved the way in which for Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to stake their declare on the 2 Grand Slams that, as of now, are anticipated to be held this yr.
Nadal sits on 19 main wins, only one wanting Federer’s report haul of 20, and is more likely to stage the tally on the French Open. The highest-ranked Serbian, however, has 17 majors.
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