Simona Halep shares her thoughts on Roger Federer’s possible retirement, says ‘It will be a tragedy for the sport’
Swiss ace Roger Federer has been flirting with the idea of retirement for a while now. Though the modern-day legend hasn’t indicated when or how he will retire, that hasn’t stopped pundits and fans from speculating.
Many players, former and active, have also weighed in on Federer’s retirement conversation. Romanian tennis star, Simon Halep became the latest to share her opinion on the same. Federer has been out of action for almost a year now, he suffered knee injuries after his semifinal exit at the Australian Open 2020. This prolonged stay on the sideline further fueled the retirement talks.
It would be sad enough for the sport for Federer to disappear: Halep
In a recent interview with Digisport, Halep opened up about Federer’s possible retirement and what it will mean for tennis.
“It would be no tragedy to retire at 40 being Federer. It will be a tragedy, for our sport, for his colleagues, we will miss him very much,” Halep stated.
She went on to detail Federer’s impact on tennis. “He was an idol for our whole generation, a beauty on the field and off the field a very civilized man, with good sense, warm with everyone,” Halep continued.
The 29-year-old went on to say, “A genius, from my point of view, and it would be sad enough for the sport for Federer to disappear, but I think that when he decides this, it will be a wise decision. Life means something other than tennis, he is old and what he has achieved is enormous.”
During the interview, Halep recalled her first-ever meeting with Federer. Both former World No.1’s met at Wimbledon in 2007. At the competition, Federer was a well-established commodity in tennis, while Halep was just a teenager debuting on the WTA tour.
“I was at Wimbledon in 2007, I went to the training grounds, I had the junior badge and I went to the connection to leave a racket, I saw him there, I froze,” Halep said.
She goes on to reveal, “I didn’t know how to react and handed him the badge, asked him if he could give me an autograph.”
The Romanian also shared the conversation that she had with Federer that day.
“And then he asked me what I was doing there, how I was, I told him that I like tennis, that I’m at Wimbledon and I’m glad it’s there, I had never seen a grass field before,” she added. “He was very warm and gave me a very pleasant feeling,” Halep continued.
“Even though he was very famous and very good in our sport, he talked to me and wished me well,” Halep concluded.