Roger Federer is enjoying his life after playing his last official match on 23 September 2022. The Swiss has said goodbye to tennis played at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded in 2017. In the evocative setting of the O2 Arena in London , the former world number 1 has joined forces with his longtime rival Rafael Nadal to face Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
At the end of the match, the 20-time Grand Slam champion received a splendid tribute that thrilled everyone. Fans were hoping that the King would be able to play a few tournaments in 2023, but Roger realized he could no longer compete at the highest level.
His right knee has given him no respite for the past two and a half years, forcing him to undergo three operations. The 41-year-old from Basel experienced a timid comeback last year, playing just 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon.
During an event organized by his sponsor ‘Uniqlo’ in Tokyo, Federer revealed that his knee is not yet in the best condition.
Federer reflects on his knee
During a conference organized by his equipment supplier Uniqlo in Tokyo, Japan, Roger Federer spoke about the possibility of becoming a coach and also made some confessions about his new activities in retirement.
“I’m a little scared to practice other sports. My knees are irregular. We have to wait a few months and see how it develops. Now it’s time to travel. My family and I always plan vacations and I want them to be really fun.
I would like to take my children to Africa. Before, vacations always had to be something relaxing after many months of playing tennis. Now that I’m retired, I think we can have a more adventurous vacation,” revealed the man with 20 Grand Slam titles.
Speaking to the media during a recent fan event in Tokyo, Federer explained that it is “hard” for him to run an academy. “I am like the product of Swiss tennis, of a federation. So I think I will always have that with me.
That’s why it’s hard for me to create my own academy, because I feel like that would go maybe potentially against the federation, who I am too close to,” Federer said. When asked about the possibility, he stated that for now, he intends to only focus on day clinics for children, and nothing more major.
“I think it was the next gen development program here at Uniqlo. I will be doing more mentorship and more inspirational, you know, kids day clinics in my mind for the moment. Coaching? I mean, never say never,” he said.