Roger Federer retired from tennis at the 2022 Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded five years ago. The former world number 1 has suffered a lot in the last two and a half years due to a serious injury to his right knee, which has forced him to undergo three operations.
The Swiss had attempted a timid comeback in 2021, playing a handful of tournaments and stopping again after the loss to Hurkacz at Wimbledon. The King’s dream was precisely to give himself one last shot on the Church Road grass in 2023, but the conditions of his knee led him to say enough is enough.
In the summer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion realized that he could not return to the highest level and began to think about how to announce his retirement. The Basel Master communicated his decision to the world through a letter posted on Instagram on September 15.
In a long interview with ‘Tennis.com’, Paul Annacone told what it was like to work with Federer.
Annacone ponders King Roger
«The incredible thing about coaching is that I learn more from each player than they learn from me.
I’ve been very lucky to be with Pete, Roger Federer, Sloane, Tim Henman, Stan and now Taylor, and every experience is new. I’m learning more things with Taylor (Fritz), things I’m thinking about that he hadn’t been before,» he said.
«I really think coaching is one of the most enlightening things you can do because, sure, you have this foundation of what you believe in and what you want to do, but in an individual sport, you better be open-minded and better than willing. to be a sponge too.
And then, most importantly, how can you say it for the individual to buy?» he added. Paul Annacone worked as Roger Federer’s coach from 2010 to 2013, helping the Swiss through one of the most difficult periods of his career.
«Pete was much more insular and isolated. Roger is outgoing, he’s out in the world,» Annacone said. «Pete would be with his strength and conditioning guy, whoever he was at the time. And then I’d do the tennis stuff.
And then you would have his physio, and then you would have his light (training). Pete was more mono focused and Roger was more expansive,» he said. Roger Federer, for the last decade and a half, has been a near-perfect ambassador for tennis.