Patrick McEnroe praised Roger Federer’s classy move to wait until the US Open was finished to announce his retirement. On August 9, Serena Williams revealed her plans to retire after this year’s US Open. This Thursday, Federer announced his intention to retire from professional tennis after the Laver Cup.
Had Federer announced his retirement before or during the US Open, that would turn the focus away from Williams and the tournament itself. This way, the whole focus was on Williams and the US Open. “And one more thing, Federer must have known about his announcement for a while.
Yes, he waited until well after the US Open ended until he went public. Class,” McEnroe tweeted.
And one more thing…
Federer must have known about his announcement for a while….
Yes, he waited until well after that @usopen ended until he went public…
Class — Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) September 17, 2022
Williams retired, Federer is next
Federer, who has had three knee surgeries since 2020, said his body told him it was time for him to walk away from professional tennis.
Federer’s intention initially was to return to competitive action in this part of the year and compete at the Laver Cup and next month’s ATP 500 event in Basel. “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries.
I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has become clear. I’m 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years.
Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamed, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.”
Williams and Federer are widely considered as one of the greatest athletes in sports history. Unfortunately for tennis, the game has lost two absolute legends and icons.