Roger Federer “I therefore estimate my return to competition in the summer of 2022.”

Service Ace

Hall of Fame
Bruh, just retire. He hasn't played competitive tennis in 3 years now. Its his own fault he wasn't able to retire in his own terms with a big win at Wimbledon but coming back now serves literally no purpose other than to stroke his own ego.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Bruh, just retire. He hasn't played competitive tennis in 3 years now. Its his own fault he wasn't able to retire in his own terms with a big win at Wimbledon but coming back now serves literally no purpose other than to stroke his own ego.
It's probably his back. Permanently damaged from carrying the entire ATP tour all these years.

Indian Wells was a ghost town. I probably heard 50 people bemoan the lack of Federer. The guy sells tickets.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Bruh, just retire. He hasn't played competitive tennis in 3 years now. Its his own fault he wasn't able to retire in his own terms with a big win at Wimbledon but coming back now serves literally no purpose other than to stroke his own ego.
Ego? Lol when you had the career he did do you really want your last match to be a Hurcatz bagel? Literally anything is better than that. Even Roddick and Agassi went out better, especially Andre with his second to last match being that crazy thriller with Baghdatis that had the whole stadium on the edge of their seats and myself at home.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
At age 41? He's done and is simply making these comments due to his sponsor commitments. Nobody makes a "comeback tour" at 41.
Yeah, and nobody is quite like Roger Federer. He keeps saying he wants to come back, here he says he wants to say goodbye on a tennis court, Ljubicic say the same thing. Roger even outlines when he'll return to training. Sponsor commintments force him say this all of this but not lie about not participating at Wimbledon?
 
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Deleted member 770948

Guest
Federer is never too old to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon.
 

phl92

Professional
I used to be a big Fedr fan but at this point its just ridiculous anymore.
If he really loves tennis so much he should put his billions in tennis academys, tennis development etc like Rafa is doing it. Or to please his ego he could crush all senior leagues of the world, if he is really still soo much into active competing. But this ego show of him just to get all this attention is just embarrassing.
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
Is there anything more misunderstood on this forum than "sponsor commitments?" It might be the dumbest conspiracy theory here.

The same people that were adamant he'd be in Tokyo because Uniqlo would force him to learned nothing and still think this guy's having all his strings pulled by corporations. He already had enough money for a hundred lifetimes and you guys think he would box himself into sponsorship deals that require him to stay on tour at 40, 41, 45? 50??? I mean wtf are we even talking about here.

He's not still getting surgeries, going through grueling rehabs, training, traveling and playing just because he still wants the active player bonus from Rolex or whatever.
draw conspiracists are up there
 

terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
I used to be a big Fedr fan but at this point its just ridiculous anymore.
If he really loves tennis so much he should put his billions in tennis academys, tennis development etc like Rafa is doing it. Or to please his ego he could crush all senior leagues of the world, if he is really still soo much into active competing. But this ego show of him just to get all this attention is just embarrassing.
Even his own fellow Swiss seem to agree with you (comments from https://www.20min.ch/comment/368730963546)

Faith makes you happy


Age does not protect against folly


He is too old and he will only lose, only money is very important to him, only him


This miracle does not exist anymore because the body is used up and so you have to see that it no longer works. You have to learn to process that too. Why is that heavy.!


Oh Roger, you were the best, personable and a role model. An excellent athlete. Why won't you stop now You will never be where you were again. You have money enough, and your celebrity status is high enough too. Enjoy what you have, what you have you have that, but you can lose what you want.


With such a dream salary, it's hard to let go! He never has enough money



It's not about the money. He lost the record and would like to have it again Because of money you don't play anymore at that age


It's just hard not to be the center of attention anymore !!
 
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LETitBE

Hall of Fame
I used to be a big Fedr fan but at this point its just ridiculous anymore.
If he really loves tennis so much he should put his billions in tennis academys, tennis development etc like Rafa is doing it. Or to please his ego he could crush all senior leagues of the world, if he is really still soo much into active competing. But this ego show of him just to get all this attention is just embarrassing.
Rafael Nadal Academy by Movistar has centers everywhere in the world, from the Middle East to Europe. The Academy was opened in Mallorca, Spain, in a 24,000 sq. ft space, costing $25 million. Nadal invested $1.25 million, 5% of the total cost of building the Academy. The athlete has plans to expand the Academy by opening tennis centers at various vacation resorts worldwide. His latest tennis center opened in Costa Mujeres, Mexico.

he makes money out of them
 

phl92

Professional
Rafael Nadal Academy by Movistar has centers everywhere in the world, from the Middle East to Europe. The Academy was opened in Mallorca, Spain, in a 24,000 sq. ft space, costing $25 million. Nadal invested $1.25 million, 5% of the total cost of building the Academy. The athlete has plans to expand the Academy by opening tennis centers at various vacation resorts worldwide. His latest tennis center opened in Costa Mujeres, Mexico.

he makes money out of them
And this is the only way to do it in a capitalistic world. Even Bill Gates and Buffet make money out of their Pledge giving
 

optic yellow

New User
One thing people miss when judging has-been pro athletes is that these people are on the very top of what they do. It's usually a very specific field, in the grand scheme obsolete, so they have engaged people drooling all over them and the indifferent majority indifferent, but at what they do, they're very much the best of the best. They were working on it since they were little buggers, and they know that no matter what they do, no matter how much money or, hell, even intelligence they possess, they'll never ever reach this level of accomplishment again in another field.

The road to mediocrity, or even sub-mediocrity of the post-retirement life of a one time top athlete is a scary proposition for many of them, because nothing satisfies as being the best. It's not even ego. It's the dopamine kick they can't stimulate through walking the dog among millionaire mansions.
Yeah this is an excellent point. There is a reason Tom Brady is so driven to play football as long as he can and that is because he is terrified of what comes next.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
I'm fine with Fed returning to the tour. He still has plenty of fans and audiences who will tune to watch him play matches. And Connors retired at 45.
Ofcourse it's fine if he returns, but I do wonder to what extent people yearn for the Fed of say 2017-2019 instead of the shell that remains.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
if hes healthy and if the draw opened up for him maybe he could get to a GS final...
alot of "ifs" tho...
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
He doesn’t want his last match to have a bagel which is understandable. But anyone holding out hope for some big wins and big titles are deluding themselves. He’s going to heal enough to play a more respectable match, and then retire when he gets a chance at Basel.

It’s sad how he’s going to bow out but when you play that long, that’s the risk. Roddick got a great chance to end it at home but not everyone gets that same chance.
 

WarrenMP

Professional
It would be nice if Federer does wheelchair tennis. He wouldn't have to worry about his knee at all. Unless, he falls out the wheelchair. I think that would give that group some extra support.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
He will always be a draw and I will always welcome seeing him in draws but seriously Fed just give up and enjoy your life. Have a feeling he plays Halle,Wimbledon and Basel and retires
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
Roger needs to add:

7 finals and 6 titles to equal Connors

31 matches played and 23 matches won to equal Connors

32 weeks in Top 10 to reach round 1000
Titles/finals unrealistic.

Matches played and won is possible if he plays on as long as he can.

32 weeks in Top 10 may be possible but it depends if he can reach a Top 10 level and hold it for a year at least.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
It's probably his back. Permanently damaged from carrying the entire ATP tour all these years.

Indian Wells was a ghost town. I probably heard 50 people bemoan the lack of Federer. The guy sells tickets.
Only 50 people?
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Halle is Federer's most successful tournament so it will be fitting for him to say his farewell there.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Halle is Federer's most successful tournament so it will be fitting for him to say his farewell there.
Yeah, like Wimbledon was Sampras' most sucessful tournament and it was fitting for him to say his farewell there....oh wait, that's not what happened. He did it on home soil...
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, like Wimbledon was Sampras' most sucessful tournament and it was fitting for him to say his farewell there....oh wait, that's not what happened. He did it on home soil...
And your point is? Are you saying Federer should say farewell in Gstaad?
 
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Hitman

G.O.A.T.
What's wrong with Halle where he's been successful the most?
It isn't one of the his two most beloved tournaments. Wimbledon IS his most beloved tournament, the tournament that made him the legend and icon that he is, and Basel is in front of his family and friends, the people he grew up with.

Even Djokovic will not retire at AO even though that is far and away his most successful tournament, he is more than likely going to retire in Belgrade.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
It isn't one of the his two most beloved tournaments. Wimbledon IS his most beloved tournament, the tournament that made him the legend and icon that he is, and Basel is in front of his family and friends, the people he grew up with.

Even Djokovic will not retire at AO even though that is far and away his most successful tournament, he is more than likely going to retire in Belgrade.
It's not fair on Halle to be snubbed by Federer.
 
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