See Roger Federer share tears and laughter with CNN’s Chris Cuomo at the ‘Greatest Show on Grass’ tour: ‘I don’t want to play anymore’
Roger Federer’s admission on Sunday that he is still struggling with tennis could easily go down as the tennis most surprised. Federer is 36 years old and had made at least one final in a Grand Slam final in every major singles final since 2013.
“I don’t want to play anymore,” Federer told CNN’s Chris Cuomo at the “Greatest Show on Grass” tour in the United Dalles. “I still love this sport. And I’m still going to play this sport. I want to play tennis. That’s what I want to do.”
Federer also confirmed that he didn’t play in the final two of Wimbledon this year after a right knee injury that he says has bothered him since the 2012 French Open. He said his knee had stiffened up over the summer and he found himself out of form, which he calls “something completely different” than usual. He’s trying to make it back to the Tour at Roland Garros, which has not yet been confirmed for this year. His mother, Maria, has been watching his matches from the sidelines, and told CNN she is “very happy” with the decision to skip Wimbledon.
“It’s been a very hard decision with a very good reason, and that’s the fact that he chose this and that when he wanted to he could have gone into the practice,” Maria Federer said. “He chose this. And so I’m really not surprised that he made the decision because it was the best decision he could have taken. But I’m happy for him and I’m happy that he chose this.”
Federer, who retired from tennis in 2013, had the best year by far in 2016, winning seven Grand Slam tournaments including three Australian Opens. He also won the Davis Cup final for a 19th time and finished the year as the No. 1.
Roger Federer has spoken openly about his struggle with tennis this year, admitting that he feels no longer ‘good enough’ after having such a dominant 2016 season.
“I’m feeling really tired sometimes and then I’m feeling good, then I’m super good sometimes,” he said. “But I’m not happy every second of the day and I know that. I don’t know why some people are unhappy. I don