By Matis Molina Ricard ’24
After 24 years of playing, over 1500 matches, and 20 significant singles titles, the Swiss superstar Roger Federer has finally decided to call it quits, and fans are left heartbroken. So, what was it that compelled him to end his journey in the tennis world after so much success?
In the past couple of years, Federer has been through many different injuries and had to undergo two knee surgeries in 2020 alone. After so many years of playing, his body seemed to have reached its limits. It has become evident to everyone.
Due to injury, Federer missed Wimbledon’s main draw this year for the first time since 1998, but his achievements are incredible and are why he is known as one of the greatest of all time in tennis. Roger Federer has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments in the sport, winning the Australian Open six times, the French Open once, the US Open five times, and Wimbledon a record eight times. Although he played alongside two of the greatest players (Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal), he continued to break boundaries. He even became the oldest ever world No. 1 at age 36.
Federer stated that “The expectations from the media is that it all has to end so perfectly and I’ve given up a long time ago. I just think as long as I’m healthy and I’m enjoying myself at the very end, I know it’s going to be emotional anyway.” It seems that Roger is pleased with what he has done throughout his career and is happy to have had such an extraordinary one.