Unlike Serena Williams, who left the door slightly cracked for a return to tennis, Roger Federer said on Tuesday that he’s “definitely done” and has no plans to un-retire.
In a clip of an interview with Savannah Guthrie that will air on NBC’s “Today Show” on Wednesday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said he has no plans of following in the steps of Tom Brady, who returned to the Buccaneers after a brief retirement this summer, or Williams.
“You know, un-retiring is a thing now,” Guthrie said in the clip. “Serena seems to be wavering a little.”
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Swiss journalists, Federer, who is playing in his final tournament at this week’s Laver Cup in London, also revealed that he will not play singles in the event, which takes place Friday and ends Sunday. His goal, according to the report, is to play doubles at an “acceptable level.” That means his final match would take place on Friday.
“He will probably decide that at the last moment,” Pierre Paganini, Federer’s trainer, told the Swiss newspaper Blick earlier this week. “He is trained to have as much information as possible about whether it’s a good idea or not.”
Though the tournament’s rules call for all players to participate in at least one singles and one doubles match, he could play doubles and simply withdraw from his singles match.
Paganini also said that Federer first considered retiring in July, when it became clear he was making “greater efforts for relatively low intensity.”
“I think it’s a smart decision,” Paganini said. “It’s not just about the knee. Roger has played a lot of matches in his career and put his body under extreme strain.”
Federer, who announced his retirement last week, finishes his career third all-time in majors won, behind Novak Djokovic’s 21 and Rafael Nadal’s 22.
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