Roger Federer drops hints of retirement from tennis

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Roger Federer has dropped the biggest hint yet that he could be set to call time on his tennis career, according to an interview published by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

In the interview, he suggested he would be happier away from tennis.

“I am a winner lover but, if you’re not competitive anymore, then it’s better to stop,” Federer told the newspaper.

“I don’t think I need the tennis. I am happy with the little things, like when my son does something right and when my daughter comes home with a good grade.

“Tennis is part of, but not my entire identity. I want to be and remain successful and put a lot of energy into business, probably give more than I should sometimes – but that can also be done outside of sports.

“I know a professional career can’t last forever and that’s okay.”

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion was forced to miss this year’s Wimbledon with a knee injury and hasn’t played a competitive match since last year’s tournament at the All England Club.

Before this year’s Wimbledon, Federer had played at every edition of the SW19 tournament since his maiden appearance in 1999.

But the 40-year-old was only able to show his face as a spectator this time around as he donned a smart suit to watch the action on the first Sunday of the tournament.

Federer’s last Grand Slam success came at the start of 2018 as he lifted the Australian Open trophy in Melbourne.

And in recent years he has been plagued by a persistent knee problem which has forced him to go under the knife on three occasions.

The ace has missed seven of the last nine majors as a result of the issue.

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