Roger Federer: I don’t want to abuse my body, I’ll know when time is right to retire

Roger Federer, 40, has acknowledged that he doesn’t want to “abuse” his body and that he will retire once he feels he should do it. 

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, underwent two major knee surgeries in 2020 but returned to action this past March. 

Unfortunately for Federer, his comeback was short-lived as in August he announced a third knee surgery. 

“Like any athlete, you will just know when the time is right. I am not going to be one that’s just going to stick around because I want to stick around…fans mean a lot to me but I do not want to abuse my body. I still want to run around with my kids and ski,” Federet old GQ. 

Federer not happy with how things went at Wimbledon 

Federer made the Wimbledon quarterfinal, before losing to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets. 

After Wimbledon, Federer took a break before ultimately deciding to undergo another knee surgery.

“It was a tough process to take that decision, just because I already had couple of knee surgeries last year,” Federer told American former world number one Jim Courier in an interview at the Laver Cup on Saturday.

“I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon. I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end, at some point, too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step.”

Federer loves spending time with his family and he wants to stay healthy so he could do activities he wants to do with his family. 

“This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I’m really happy,” Federer noted.