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I will not turn out to be a tennis ghost, says Federer, forward of ultimate bow

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates successful his second spherical match towards France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS / Paul Childs / File Picture

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LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Roger Federer brings down the curtain on his illustrious profession later this week however the Swiss maestro has assured his thousands and thousands of followers that he is not going to turn out to be a ‘tennis ghost’.

Again in London, down river from the place he gained a document eight Wimbledon titles, the 41-year-old mentioned he had no intention of strolling away from a sport he has graced for thus lengthy.

Talking to reporters at London’s O2 Enviornment, the place Federer twice gained the ATP Finals title, the Swiss was emotional at instances as he defined the choice to hold up his rackets.

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Requested what his plans had been for the long run, Federer mentioned he wouldn’t disappear like Swedish nice Bjorn Borg, who’s captaining Europe towards the Remainder of the World this week.

“I simply wished to let the followers know I will not be a ghost. It is humorous, I spoke about Bjorn Borg, he did not return to Wimbledon for 25 years and that hurts each fan,” Federer mentioned of the 11-time main winner who give up tennis aged 26.

“However I do not assume I will be that man. I really feel tennis has given me an excessive amount of. I’ve been across the sport for too lengthy. Have fallen in love with too many issues.

“You may see me once more. In what capability, I do not know. Nonetheless have to consider it just a little bit, give myself a while.”

Federer introduced final Thursday that the Laver Cup, the staff occasion he helped create, could be the final act of knowledgeable profession spanning virtually 1 / 4 of a century.

Elaborating on his determination to retire from aggressive motion, Federer described the previous few months as irritating, saying he was not prepared to “danger all of it” by having extra surgical procedure on his troublesome proper knee.

“Sooner or later you sit down and go, ‘okay, we’re at an intersection right here, at a crossroads, and it’s important to take a flip, and which manner is it?’

“I used to be not prepared to enter that route of let’s danger all of it. The toughest half after that’s while you notice, okay, that is the top.”

Federer has not performed a match since shedding within the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals and isn’t in form to play singles on the Laver Cup. He hopes to bow out in a doubles tie, ideally alongside nice rival Rafa Nadal.

“I do not know if it is going to occur, but it surely might clearly be a particular second,” he mentioned.

His first Grand Slam title was in 2003 when he beat Mark Philippoussis to win the primary of 5 successive Wimbledon titles earlier than shedding to Nadal in a 2008 basic.

“Possibly essentially the most particular place,” he mentioned of London. “I got here to comprehend that all through the summer time after which I used to be simply in search of a spot in time the place I might name it.

“It felt becoming to finish my profession right here. Having Bjorn on the bench with me once I stroll out goes to be one thing that’s past cool. Having a staff behind me as effectively wouldn’t really feel so lonely once I’m calling it a day. “

Federer’s 20 Grand slam titles has been surpassed by Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) in an unprecedented golden period for males’s tennis. However regardless of the statistics, many nonetheless regard him as the best participant ever to wield a racket.

He claimed 103 profession titles, second solely to Jimmy Connors, and spent a document 237 consecutive weeks as world primary from 2004 to 2008.

“All people has to go away the sport, it has been an important, nice journey,” he mentioned.

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Reporting by Martyn Herman Modifying by Christian Radnedge

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