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Roger Federer admits that he ‘doesn’t miss’ playing tennis

Roger Federer is into his second full year post-retirement from professional tennis, and the former No.1 does not appear to be missing the ATP tour. 

Federer played his final match at the 2022 Laver Cup in London, losing a doubles contest with Rafael Nadal before waving an emotional farewell.

The Swiss had been struggling with a knee injury throughout the latter stages of his career, something that Federer says has contributed to him not missing the tour.

“Yeah, I get that question a lot, and I don’t miss it. I really don’t,” Federer told GQ. “I feel really at peace. I think it’s also because I know that my knee and my body and my mind don’t allow me to be out there.

“Do I feel like, Oh, I could hit that shot? Yeah, okay: Maybe I could right now. But I feel like I squeezed the lemon out. I tried everything I had. And I’m so at peace.”

Despite not wanting to return to the ATP Tour, Federer revealed that he does still play recreationally with his family, “I love to go to play tennis when I play with my children. I just booked a court with my wife for the first time in my life.

“We asked, ‘Is a court available on Tuesday from three to four maybe? Because I think it’d be maybe fun to go play.’ This was like a month ago, or two months ago, and we went to play next to my kids, who were having a lesson, and it was just so much fun.

Federer concluded, “I love playing tennis and I always thought, How is that moment going to be when I retire and I go back on a tennis court and actually don’t have to improve? Who cares if I miss a forehand? Who cares if it’s getting better or not?”

Inside the baseline…

Although it is sad that one of tennis’ great players does not miss competing, it is nice to see Roger Federer admitting he is at peace with retirement from the sport after a challenging period with his knee injury. It is also nice that he still likes to go and play for fun now, could you imagine booking a court and Federer playing next to you!

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.