Federer Dismisses Retirement Speculation; Commits to Olympics

Roger Federer. Photo by James Marsh/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

While there may be plenty of speculation around when Roger Federer will retire from tennis, the Master of Grass reassured the tennis world of his commitment to the sport. Not only does the 38-year-old player refuse to put an end date on his career, but he has also reiterated his intention to play in the postponed Tokyo Olympic tournament.

“Since I won the French Open in 2009, the media has been chopping on this topic. But it is already clear that I am at the end of my career,” Federer explained in a magazine interview. “I can not say what will be in two years. That’s why I plan year after year. I’m still happy right now. But when the cogwheels don’t grip anymore, I stop.”

Federer also expressed his intention to continue enjoying tennis long after his retirement from the professional sport, thereby exhibiting his passion for the game.

After undergoing knee surgery, the former world number one player is expected to once again be match fit in January 2021. By the time he participates in the Tokyo Olympics, it will be his fifth Olympic outing. Federer won the men’s doubles title alongside countryman Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.