Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams
Former world number one, Roger Federer, has announced his retirement from the ATP Tour this summer. He says he will retire in order to spend more time with his family.
The Swiss number one is coming off four consecutive ATP tour wins and the most recent coming last week in Paris where he beat Pablo Carreño Busta 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(9), 6-1. The win was Federer’s second at Roland Garros.
Speaking to the Swiss Press, Roger said, “I have had a very good season and I’m very proud of it. I have won a lot of matches and I feel that my season has been good. Of course, it’s been nice to win one or the other grand slam but the most important part is that I have worked hard to try to get to those grand slams. I’d rather look forward to winning here in the future than looking back at the past. To do something like this, that I feel so proud of, in such a short time, is really a great honor for me”.
Roger says he is now focused on his family and says that no tennis player will be able to stay on the tour for long. He says, “I have a job – and so it’s a very nice job, it’s an interesting job. Of course, I like to play tennis, but there are other things I like a lot more than that as well. For me, tennis is a wonderful job – it’s a very nice job in a difficult time. But I also enjoy other things as well. Of course, tennis is a beautiful sport, tennis has a wonderful history, tennis is a sport that allows me to see a lot of different places and times. Of course I’ve enjoyed a lot watching the tennis so much so that it’s actually hard to leave the sport even if it has been a long time. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and so I’ll do the best that I can for my career and to be able to enjoy it during the last years of my career is something that I really have worked hard for”.
Roger says his time as a professional tennis