After more than thirteen months of absence, Roger Federer made his official come back on the ATP Tour a few weeks ago, returning to play in the ATP tournament in Doha. At the age of 40 years-old, the Swiss champion still fascinates millions of fans around the world and, although we have reached the final phase of his career, one of the questions that most intrigues fans of the Swiss champion is: When will Roger Federer announce his retirement? Among the supporters now every year there is the fear that this could be the last year of the Swiss champion, but in the last hours a clue literally makes Roger Federer fans dream.
The Halle ATP tournament has announced that this year's edition will take place behind closed doors with the pandemic that forces drastic measures to be taken. Here is the press release from the organizers: "Since everyone's health is our priority, unfortunately we have only one option: to organize the tournament without spectators.
The pandemic will prevent the public from hosting the Noventi Open until next year." Tickets already sold for the Halle tournament remain valid for the 2022 edition of the tournament (as in the logic of things). However, the German newspaper Tennisnet gave further news that bodes well for those who have already bought tickets and Roger Federer fans in general.
The Swiss champion, together with the Japanese Kei Nishikori, would have already given the availability to participate in the next edition of the tournament, a news that bodes well and that would therefore mean that this is not the last season in the circuit for the Swiss that he is planning also his 2022 season in the circuit.
For now Roger Federer is thinking about this season where his main objectives are the Wimbledon tournament and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games and the next tournament that should see him on the pitch will be the Masters 1000 in Madrid, a tournament that currently sees him present in the Entry List.
With 20 triumphs, Roger Federer, along with Rafael Nadal, he is the most successful player in the history of men's tennis in Grand Slam tournaments. In 2009 with the victory in Roland Garros he completed the Career Grand Slam.
In 2017, by beating Marin Cilic in the final, he became the only man to have won Wimbledon eight times, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world. On 28 January 2018, by winning his twentieth Grand Slam, he marks one of the most significant feats in the history of sport.
From that date to 27 January 2019, he is the only player in history to simultaneously hold the record for trophies won in two different Grand Slam events (8 titles at Wimbledon, absolute record and 6 Australian Open, ex aequo with Djokovic and Emerson).
He is the tennis player who has won the ATP Finals several times (6) (obtaining the highest number of participations in the final, 10) and who has won the most titles both on hard (67) and on grass (19). In 2014, winning the decisive singles match against the French Richard Gasquet, he led the Swiss team to win their first Davis Cup.
At the Olympics he won two medals: at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he won gold in the double together with compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, while in London 2012 he won silver in the singles by losing in the final at Wimbledon to Andy Murray.
With 54 successes he is, behind Novak Djokovic (59) and Rafael Nadal (56), in third place in the ranking of the winners of the so-called Big Titles, namely the Grand Slam tournaments, the Masters 1000, the ATP Finals and the Olympics.
With a prize pool of around 130 million dollars, he is the second player in history in the ranking of career earnings, preceded by Djokovic.