Will Roger Federer confirm his retirement in 2022?

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It has been a narrative many tennis followers have been dreading for a lot of a protracted 12 months and, sadly, 2022 is more likely to see the tearful exit of Roger Federer from the tennis stage.
On the age of 40, the retirement of the most well-liked participant to ever decide up a racket has come so much later than we would have anticipated, with the worldwide pandemic presumably delaying affirmation that the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hanging up his rackets for the final time.
Federer is presently recuperating from knee surgical procedure and whereas he has steered he intends to try to make a return to motion in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months, he has admitted there are doubts over whether or not they are going to be practical.
“I can resume working quietly in January and resume classes on the court docket with complicated assist in March or April,” he mentioned in his most up-to-date interview with  Swiss publication Le Matin.
“I subsequently estimate my return to competitors in the summertime of 2022. I’d be extraordinarily stunned if I may play Wimbledon.”
“At 40 or 41, it’s the identical. The query is whether or not I can push myself arduous day after day. At present, my coronary heart says sure. So I’m going step-by-step.
“It’s one other problem like I’ve confronted many occasions in my profession, typically with out the general public realizing it. And even when I do know very nicely that the tip is close to, I wish to attempt to play some extra large matches. It received’t be simple however we’re going to attempt.”

Federer won’t need his last look on court docket to be a 6-0 set in opposition to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon and that could be his largest motivation to make a return in opposition to all the chances, however his good friend and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman will not be certain he will likely be again on court docket.
“We simply should hope Roger’s rehabilitation goes nicely and he can get himself again as much as an excellent stage,” Henman instructed Tennis365 at an Amazon Prime occasion.
“He needs to compete on the highest stage and it’s not going to get any simpler for him. To compete on the highest stage will likely be robust, however his eagerness to return again is unbelievable. 
“Roger has achieved a lot and has nothing to show, however he needs to return again and play once more and it will likely be nice for the game if he can attain the extent he expects of himself.”
Federer could not finish his profession with the statistics to again up a declare that he’s the best participant of all-time, however he will likely be marked down within the report books as essentially the most cherished performer the game has seen.
That a lot was confirmed as Federer received the Followers’ Favorite trophy within the 2021 ATP Awards, making it 19 successive years that he has claimed that honour.
He solely managed to play 14 matches in an injury-hit 2021 season and with doubts over whether or not he’ll play once more, few can be stunned if we see the ultimate hurrah for the best showman of all of them within the subsequent 12 months.
The tears will circulation wherever Federer opts to say his farewell, however the legacy he leaves behind won’t ever be tarnished.

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