Roger Federer confirms he’ll miss the 2022 Australian Open. Says 2022 Wimbledon is also in doubt

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
There must be commercial reasons why Roger can’t just admit that he is retired in all but name. He may have sponsorship contracts binding him to stay on tour for a few more years. Why, else, would a 40 year old be looking to return to the tour after surgery that has kept him out for the best part of 2 years?

Even if he had something left to prove it’s unlikely he is going to be able to do that.
 
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joekapa

Legend
Horrible news, but kinda expected. Still hope he can make a comeback and play competitive tennis a bit longer. Jimmy Connors had his wrist reconstructed at the age of 38 and a year later had that famous 1991 USO run. Hopefully Fed can do the same.
Fed is too good to turn into a circus act.

He should of left in 2018. Announced in 2017 that 2018 would be his final year.

This however is the worst retirement for such a player.
 

Martin J

Hall of Fame
Fed is too good to turn into a circus act.

He should of left in 2018. Announced in 2017 that 2018 would be his final year.

This however is the worst retirement for such a player.
Fed should do whatever he thinks is the best for him, even if it means playing until he's 50. It won't take away from his legacy, no matter how you slice it.

Btw, what circus act? Him having another great run at this stage of his career is a circus act? Not at all, it would be legendary.
 
He had now 3 knee surgeries in a period of just 18 months or so. Something is not right with his body definitely. So retirement is strongly on the cards. But he also says that he wants to be back, and play again at the biggest stage in Finals of Slams, and that he believes that he can do that. So let's see what happens.
 

joekapa

Legend
Fed should do whatever he thinks is the best for him, even if it means playing until he's 50. It won't take away from his legacy, no matter how you slice it.

Btw, what circus act? Him having another great run at this stage of his career is a circus act? Not at all, it would be legendary.
It would for Murray, or Wawrinka.....not for Fed.

Fed is an ATG. He should retire at his favorite tournament (Halle), take a bow, thank the fans, and go out in style.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
Nice words.
I still recall when he had MPs in W19, I was thinking: If he wins now, he retires on the spot. I still think he would have. And instead we got low level, surgeries and heartache. Most careers end like that.
I think the most courageous thing to do would’ve been to tell the team this is it and retire regardless of the result. Getting back there again was always unlikely.

He must’ve known the mileage and how close things were to giving out on him. Either way, 40:15 will haunt us all for a long time.
 

beard

Legend
Nice words.
I still recall when he had MPs in W19, I was thinking: If he wins now, he retires on the spot. I still think he would have. And instead we got low level, surgeries and heartache. Most careers end like that.
Lol, no...
Hint... AO 2017....
Federer is a retired player who milks sponsors and promote his new shoes brand (not blaming him, to be clear, but only blind ones don't see this)...
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
Lol, no...
Hint... AO 2017....
Federer is a retired player who milks sponsors and promote his new shoes brand (not blaming him, to be clear, but only blind ones don't see this)...
Well, Fed was close to ending the year at #1 in 2017 and also won AO18 and had CPs at Wimbledon 19, so he was clearly still capable of winning the biggest titles. So, no "lol no".

But at this point, it's gotten a little ridiculous.

Please inform us all when "lol, no" - Djokovic has no chance and should retire. You will never say that, if he has a chance.
 

adil1972

Hall of Fame
imo it looks pretty curtain that fed will not return at all

even if he comes back he will not win any majors that is also certain
 

Indigo

Semi-Pro
2019 Wimbledon could've been a dream but it turned to nightmare and he never recovered. He became a dead man walking after that. He should've lifted the trophy by all means and call it quits in what would be the gloriest victory in history of sport. But obviously there was something which took it away from him, some unexplainable force of the universe. What sins have he committed to Gods of tennis to be punished so cruelly??? I will always remember him for that decisive moment. He has two match points, he serves for the victory and then he fails in terrible, terrible way. What a terrible end to a magnificent player and his magnificent career.
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed is too good to turn into a circus act.

He should of left in 2018. Announced in 2017 that 2018 would be his final year.

This however is the worst retirement for such a player.
But you guys would have missed all that Federer love that makes it so much better to be a Djokovic fan. No blue bra lady or nothing... beating a faded Grasdal in 4 sets would not be the same, for sure :)
 

TheAssassin

Legend
I hope he finds whatever time on court he might have left worth it. Sucks that he's finding it difficult to go out on his own terms.
 

Fed881981

Hall of Fame
2019 Wimbledon could've been a dream but it turned to nightmare and he never recovered. He became a dead man walking after that. He should've lifted the trophy by all means and call it quits in what would be the gloriest victory in history of sport. But obviously there was something which took it away from him, some unexplainable force of the universe. What sins have he committed to Gods of tennis to be punished so cruelly??? I will always remember him for that decisive moment. He has two match points, he serves for the victory and then he fails in terrible, terrible way. What a terrible end to a magnificent player and his magnificent career.
Lost 4 points in a row… on his serve… while serving for the title.

I still can’t believe what happened that day!
 

Indigo

Semi-Pro
It is actually a sad moment. We've watched Fed for 20 years and now it is over. As if he died or something. Also reminds us of our own transience on this world. Nothing lasts forever unfortunately. Another player to came now and play another 20 years would probably see us very old or in grave by the end of that career. Hopefully Fed can play some of his favourite tournaments next year and be somewhat competitive to end this great career as it should be.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Considering how long he was out with his last knee surgery, I'm not sure why you guys thought he was playing this tournament. Hopefully he can come back by Dubai and have his swan song, and end his career on a high note after playing his favorite tournaments. Surely, you don't want to see it end like this.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
What's going on that makes rehab so lengthy and difficult, I don't really get it. I guess at this point Fed just doesn't want to retire with a whimper i.e. bagel.
Knees. Recovery takes ages. Even if it’s just a cartilage snip. And they are never the same, no matter the recovery. Hard court will be a killer - carpet manageable.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
40-year old dude says that a tournament which is 8 months away is in doubt.

Dude, you know it, we know it.
I suppose fans will keep pipedreaming until he confirms his retirement. I guess he doesn't know how he'll recover and he still wants to throw a hail mary than retire officially and then make a presumably failed comeback.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
I will believe he's coming back until he retires officially.

So Roger already decided to retire and is just not announcing it because of sponsors/contracts. Ok, then why would he say he's unlikely to be at Wimbledon now? Wouldn't it make sense for him to just be like "I'll try my best to be ready for Wimbledon" and then a couple months prior say it didn't work out?
Why would be Ljubicic talking about Roger wanting to come back in good form?

People keep saying it's obvious Federer is not coming back, but it really isn't.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster

.. but i'll believe it when i see it!

I got inspiration from a Fedfan's comment (post #5 in another thread) 'liked' by many of the poster's comrades. True, the Fedfan commented on someone else's end:
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...e-at-end-of-french-open.642608/#post-13306620
You don't have to like him but he did give his life both to tennis and entertaining people. It would only be celebratory as a non fan if he went out on his own terms. This isn't really the way.
 
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