World of sport reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement
The news that Roger Federer had decided to retire from tennis after this World Group play-off final was met with shock and surprise from Wimbledon fans.
After his defeat at Wimbledon last year, Federer said his retirement was “probably the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life”.
“I love tennis. It’s what I wanted to do. I love the world of tennis,” he said at the time following his shock loss at the All England Club.
The 35-year-old had become part of the tennis family when he was spotted playing with his children at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in July.
Federer’s retirement from the sport comes as he takes a step towards his next challenge as a coach at the Tennis Academy in New Haven.
While he did not reveal an exact date for his new role, it is thought that he will be joining the tennis coaching team at Yale in a couple of months.
Federer said that, although it was a very sad moment for him, he was happy that he was going to spend more time with his wife, Mirka.
“I’m not going to go in a vacuum. There’s going to be two Mirkas. As soon as I can make it, I’m going to be there,” he said.
“For now, we’re very good. She’s here, I see her as often as I want and we don’t live in the same city. But she’s a very good person.”
Federer last week revealed that he was contemplating a comeback to the sport, as he was planning to step away from the coaching scene while he worked on his comeback, and the announcement came amid criticism of the current coaching system at the World Group and Grand Slam level.
“I’ve been thinking about it, and I started thinking that I have an opportunity to do something with tennis. There’s no doubt that I can do something for next year.