Roger Federer says he wants to stay connected to tennis | tennis news

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who announced his impending retirement last week, wants to stay connected to “the sport that has given me everything,” he said in an interview published Tuesday. Federer, a winner of 20 Grand Slam titles and one of the greatest players of all time, caused a worldwide outpouring of emotional reactions when he announced that he would be retiring after this week’s Laver Cup. Last Thursday, he admitted on social media that his battles with a knee problem had forced him to call for a historic career that had earned him the reputation as one of the most elegant players the game has ever seen.

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When he arrived in London for his latest ATP event, he told Swiss broadcaster RTS that he was “relieved” to have made the announcement, and “very happy to have been able to have the career I’ve had.”

He told RTS that for the past few months “my progress has been unsatisfactory, my knee won’t let me go.”

“Then I got a scan that wasn’t great, and there was no more progress,” he said. “I told myself it was over. Honestly, I didn’t want to do it anymore.

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Federer admitted he “swallowed a few tears when he announced his impending retirement last week, but told RTS he was “glad he had taken the step”.

Asked about his plans for the future, the tennis great said: “I’m not exactly sure what my future will be, but I don’t want to completely distance myself from the sport that has given me everything.”

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