Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who last week announced his imminent retirementwants to stay connected to “the sport that gave me everything,” he said in an interview published on Tuesday.
Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles and one of the greatest players of all time, sparked a worldwide outpouring of emotional backlash when he announced he would retire after this week’s tournament. Cup of the tank.
Last Thursday he admitted on social media that his battles with a knee problem forced him to end a historic career that had earned him a reputation as one of the most stylish players the game has ever seen. have ever seen.
Upon arriving in London for his final ATP event, he told Swiss broadcaster RTS he was “relieved” to have made the announcement and “very happy to have been able to have the career that I have had. “.
He told RTS that in recent months “my progress was not satisfactory, my knee did not let me go”.
“Then I got a scan that wasn’t great, and there was no more progress,” he said. “I thought it was over. Honestly, I didn’t want to do it anymore.
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Federer acknowledged he stifled “a tear or two when he announced his upcoming retirement last week, but told RTS he was “happy to have taken the plunge”.
Asked about his plans for the future, the tennis great said: “I don’t know exactly what my future will be, but I don’t want to completely walk away from the sport that has given me everything.”