Roger Federer offers update on retirement plans, makes confident claim | Tennis | Sport


And the 37-year-old has also reiterated that the ATP Tour will survive perfectly fine after he and the game’s other leading stars, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, call it a day.

Federer is in his 21st year on the tour and recently claimed his 100th career singles title at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

But it is no secret that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is in the twilight years of his career, even though he continues to perform at an elite level alongside rivals Djokovic and Nadal.

The dominance of the big three – having won 54 combined Grand Slams since Federer’s first in 2004 – has sparked fears that the game will endure a lull once the triumvirate all hang up their rackets.

And there have also been questions as to whether Federer will follow in the footsteps of Boris Becker and Andre Agassi and become a coach to the next generation of stars or take up the path of John McEnroe, who is a prominent tennis commentator.

Yet Federer – who has previously admitted that retirement is on his mind – insists he has not put enough thought into what his next move will be.

“That’s hard to answer now, that I’m going to be a commentator or a coach,” Federer said at the Indian Wells Masters.

“I doubt that I will be that [a coach], especially right after I retire. I do have four children and I like being in Switzerland and I like taking it easy and deciding where I want to go from there. 

“I’ve never commentated in my life, I’ve never coached in my life before and being back on the road for 20-plus weeks? It’s not going to happen. 

“I’ve done that enough for the last 20 years. If I do it’s in a different capacity, I believe.”

Federer also suggested that the leading stars of the post-big three era are already on the tour.

He continued: “I’m also of a strong belief that the game will be fine – whatever problems we’re facing now on the tour or whatever void you’re talking about. 

“We have so many cool events on the tour, Masters 1000s, World Tour Finals, Slams, Laver Cup, Davis Cup, ATP Cup – there’s so many to attend. 

“It always generates superstars either in the local market or internationally. A lot of guys have a very interesting story to tell but right now they choose to focus still on our story – Rafa’s still going, I’m still going, Novak’s dominating. 

“All these things, it’s very cool. The new wave is coming through and that new wave is inevitably going to win slams and tournaments and then we’ll hear more about them. 

“I think it’s going to be fine. I think it will be a transition, like it was when Pete [Sampras] and Andre started to go away and we had a lot of different Grand Slam champions at that time. 

“I thought that was exciting. But people said like, ‘Where is the guy who wins all the time?’ And then we have a guy winning all the time and they say, ‘Where are the guys winning separately?’ 

“It’s never quite right but I think we’ll be totally fine, yeah.”

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