A windy day in Paris at the French Open left tennis star Roger Federer longing for more after yet another crushing defeat at the hands of Stan Wawrinka, leaving the No. 2 seed solemn in his post-match press conference.
Federer’s performance also left his fans, and fans of the sport alike scratching their heads and asking…
“Is Federer finally on his decline?”
In classic Federer form he spoke of wanting to try anything to get the win, but less-than-stellar weather conditions and frustration took over his mental game as he crumbled to Wawrinka, giving up his redemption in victory form. The tennis superstar approached the tournament with gusto, looking to clinch his first win in Paris since 2013.
He laughingly ended his interview by shining the spotlight back on Wawrinka saying, “[It’s] better to let him have a good press conference, forget about me, and move on.”
This begs the question: Is it time to truly forget about Federer, and look to the next generation of superstars on the rise?
With 62 consecutive grand slam appearances, 25 finals, countless championships, four children, and millions of dollars, over a 12-year career, one could say Federer would be quitting while he was ahead. He has a full life and has led an incredible career.
In an interview surrounding the French Open, Federer was asked about his wife and four children, and what they meant to his future career. “The goal was always to play a long time, even after the kids… I’m happy I’m still going.”
But any professional sports career takes its toll on your body. Will Federer hang on to a fleeting career, declining before the eyes of millions, or will he go out with the same fanfare he’s always played with? With his showing at the French Open and his obvious lack of form that normally wins matches, one must wonder if it is indeed time to hang up the racquet and focus on his family and foundation. He’s always been a playmaker, but all good things must come to an end.
At the ripe age of 33 I think it’s time to examine how much mileage is left in his spectacular career. I’d love to see him continue to flourish, but that is rarely the case in times like these. Honestly, I’m sure we will see Roger Federer for years to come…
But do we really want to?
I’ve partaken in this sport for many years. I put in the hours and sweat that being an excellent tennis player takes, of course not nearly to the professional extent, but I know what it takes. I’m also a long time Federer fan. I’ve watched his career for many years, and it’s an unfortunate realization to come across, but his career has begun to decline. As a fan I wish he could play forever. But I’m a realist, especially when it comes to a career in sports. Nothing lasts forever, and Federer is proving that in recent weeks and months.
When will we see one last volley, top spin, or that epic one-handed back hand? One can’t be sure… But I feel sooner rather than later would be Federer’s best course of action.