Patrick McEnroe praised Roger Federer’s graceful move of waiting until the US Open was over to announce his retirement. On August 9, Serena Williams revealed her plans to retire from her after this year’s US Open. This Thursday, Federer announced his intention to retire from professional tennis after the Laver Cup.
If Federer had announced his retirement before or during the US Open, it would divert attention from Williams and the tournament itself. In this way, all the focus was on Williams and the US Open. «And one more thing, Federer must have known about his announcement for a while.
Yes, he waited until long after the US Open was over until he went public. Class,» McEnroe tweeted.
And one more thing…
Federer must have known about his announcement for a while…
Yes, he waited until long after the @US open it ended until it was made public…
Class — Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) September 17, 2022
Williams retired, Federer is next
Federer, who has had three knee surgeries since 2020, said his body told him it was time for him to step away from professional tennis.
Federer’s intention was initially to return to competitive action at this part of the year and compete at the Laver Cup and next month’s ATP 500 event in Basel. «As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries.
I’ve worked hard to get back to full competitive shape. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 games in 24 years.
Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not at Grand Slams or on tour.»
Williams and Federer are widely considered one of the greatest athletes in the history of the sport. Unfortunately for tennis, the game has lost two absolute legends and icons.