Through his Twitter profile, the well-known commentator Alan Wilkins spent nice words for Roger Federer: “I still struggle to digest the news of Federer’s retirement! I don’t know how to handle such a jolt, because there will never be another tennis player like him again.”
A few days ago, Jim Courier also returned to the Master’s retreat: “I knew there would be some very touching moments on the night of Federer’s retreat. Roger is one of the greatest athletes ever and his retirement could only generate a wave of reactions around the world.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were also visibly moved, especially Rafa. It was truly a memorable evening. Everyone realized it was the end of an era and let themselves be carried away by the magic of that moment.”
The last singles played by the King will remain the one against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon 2021.
What Roger Federer will do after he retires
Roger Federer’s career ended at this year’s Laver Cup. The former world number 1, who hadn’t set foot on the pitch for over a year, played his last match alongside his arch-rival Rafael Nadal at London’s O2 Arena.
The two were defeated by Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, despite the Swiss having a match point on his serve in the super tiebreak. The King received a splendid tribute at the end of the match, testament to the enormous impact he has had on the sport over the past two decades.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hoped to be able to treat himself to one last round of the carousel in 2023, but his right knee did not allow him to. The resonance that the Master underwent in the summer certified the absence of further progress and forced him to accept reality.
The 41-year-old from Basel recently attended a Uniqlo event in Tokyo and there are rumors that he could join the BBC’s commentary team for Wimbledon 2023.