It’s been almost a year since Roger Federer announced his retirement. It was a Friday evening in September 2022, and the first day of the Laver Cup: the doubles match with his friend and rival Rafael Nadal was the last match played by the Swiss champion after a career of more than twenty years.
The Swiss maestro turned 42 on August 8, 2023, and social networks, especially Twitter, were flooded with messages of wishes. The Wimbledon Championships celebrated Roger with these beautiful words: “Our eight-time singles champion turns 42 today. From coaching ball boys to being a guest in the Royal Box, hosting Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year It was great.” Billie Jean King wrote: “Happy Birthday to 20x Grand Slam Champion, Roger Federer.” Rafael Nadal’s academy posted: “Happy Birthday Roger Federer!
have a nice day! Vamos!” Tennis World USA wishes Team Roger a happy birthday!
Roger talks about his life after retirement
Appearing at a Uniqlo event and interviewed by The New York Times, the 20-time Grand Slam champion reflected on the feelings she felt after saying goodbye to tennis.
He explained, “Life without the game, life without fans and life without the show that dominated my life for 25 years was definitely something I didn’t know how I was going to take it. By the time, I tried to go back and give myself another chance to quit playing healthy, but it just wasn’t possible.
But the good and the bad part of Covid and my knee surgery is that in the last three years everything started slowing down, so it’s not like I’m coming in after playing 100 games and then speeding up, it’s over. It is done. Finally, I think, I am relieved and I am happy to retire.
It ended perfectly in the Laver Cup. I was surrounded by my biggest rivals, and my family and friends were there. For me, it was like, ‘Okay, I’m fine now.’ Retirement has allowed Roger Federer to broaden his horizons. From co-chairing the Met Gala to being in the Royal Box at Wimbledon to appearing onstage at a Coldplay concert in Zurich, a new life has begun for the Swiss tennis player.
He said: “I’ve always been tough and serious about being a professional athlete, but I eat burgers, I eat dessert, I drink a glass of wine. For me, eating a burger and nothing fancy, but it’s perfect.” seemed to.” So I had to post a picture of it.
I do things that were not possible when I was playing because it took a lot of time.”