Roger Federer, the former world number one is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time who retired from the sport after 24 successful years with 20 Grand Slam singles titles to his kitty. He received an emotional final goodbye at the Laver Cup with every person present in the night getting teary-eyed as the Swiss legend put down his racquet in front of his family, friends, and his biggest rivals present by his side.
The Swiss Basel Indoors which is returning after a gap of two years had scheduled to keep a special farewell in honor of the Swiss legend who has won the tournament for a record ten times. But Federer expressed his thoughts that he isn’t ready for another farewell and go through the same emotions again within such a short period.
Tournament President Roger Brennwald respected the decision of the Swiss legend but also regretted the postponement of the farewell. He said, “We would have liked to have celebrated Roger’s years of success at our tournament, but understand that Roger needs more time after the wonderful end of his career“. But it doesn’t take away the full limelight as Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud, the two finalists of the 2022 US Open have made it to the entry list of the Swiss Basel Indoors that is scheduled to start from 24-30 October.
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Roger Federer’s special farewell got postponed as the Swiss maestro isn’t ready for another emotional breakdown
As soon as the news of another farewell at Swiss Indoors came, it was very much expected that there would be another chance to see Federer back on the court. But Federer’s decision to not be part of another farewell squashed all hopes as he feels he isn’t ready for another emotional farewell, especially within the short span gap between the farewell at Laver Cup in London and that was to happen at Basel.
Federer expressed that “I thank the Swiss Indoors for their willingness to welcome me in Basel this year. I’ve been trying to process everything that’s happened lately. The celebration at home in Basel will have a very special meaning and is now too short for me after London. I have so many incredible memories of playing at home for so many years and I wish that the tournament continues to be one of the top stops on the ATP tour.“
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