“I won’t be a ghost…”: Roger Federer on life after retirement, says he’ll stay connected to tennis | tennis news

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Tennis legend Roger Federer promised his fans that he will somehow be with the game and “will be no ghost” after his retirement from competitive tennis. The 20-time Grand Slam champion announced last week that he would retire from competitive tennis after the Laver Cup, which starts Friday at London’s O2 Arena. Federer last played a competitive game at Wimbledon, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals last year, and is struggling with a knee problem.

The star tennis player confessed that he has fallen in love with the game and that it is difficult to stay away from it.

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“I’ve talked about Bjorn Borg. I think he hasn’t returned to Wimbledon for 25 years. I don’t think I’ll be that man and I feel like tennis has given me too much. I’ve been too long working on the game I’ve fallen in love with too many things,” Federer told Sky Sports.

During a packed press conference at the O2, the 41-year-old explained that he has plans to remain involved in tennis in the future, saying: “I wanted to let the fans know I won’t be a ghost.”

Roger expressed his wish to be associated with the game and to be among people, as he liked to do that and needed time to decide in what capacity he would like to return.

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“I love seeing people again, and that’s kind of what I wanted to let the fans know that you’ll see me again. Not just never again. What it could be, in what capacity, I don’t know. So I have to think about it a bit, but give myself time,” Federer said.

The Swiss legend also explained his thought process before announcing his retirement.

“It was time for me to retire. I don’t think a moment like that comes overnight. It was a process, an emotional process, which I thought we had sorted out in the end, with the family , the team, my dear friends It all worked out and here we are now at the Laver Cup, but it was definitely more of a highly unusual last few weeks for me,” said Federer.

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The tennis legend will play his last game in the Laver Cup before retiring during his long illustrious career.

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