Roger Federer urged to guard retirement plans closely by Grand Slam legend and former coach
Roger Federer has been warned by former coach and Grand Slam legend Stefan Edberg to resist the temptation of a ‘farewell tour’ before retiring.
Federer turned 39 this month and has admitted he considered hanging up his racket due to the coronavirus pandemic and his knee injury, which has required two operations this year.
He has decided to play on, though, but Edberg, who coached Federer earlier in his career, says he has advised him against announcing his retirement a year in advance.
“We actually talked a little bit about it and I would not recommend it to anybody actually, even if it’s a nice thing to do,” Edberg told Tennis Podcast.
“It puts too much pressure on yourself and there will be too many things going on in your mind.
“So, if you’re going to announce it, I would do it just before my last tournament. Or have it in my mind but not for anybody else to know.”
Roger Federer is currently not expected to be back on the ATP Tour again this year, although he appears to have big plans for the 2021 season which includes an attempt for Olympic gold.
- Join the tennishead CLUB and receive £250/$350 of FREE GEAR including ASICS Gel-Resolution 8 trainers, shorts, shirt & socks
- Keep up to date with the breaking news & tennis action at our tennis news section
- Win amazing prizes by entering our competitions
- Learn more about your favourite players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Check out the latest tennis equipment with our tennis gear reviews
- Receive regular updates in our legendary free newsletter
- Read in depth features with stunning photography in tennishead magazine
- Can’t visit the tournaments you love? Check out our guide on how to watch tennis on TV
- Don’t miss a thing with our Live Scores service
- Follow tennishead on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
- EXCLUSIVE 5% DISCOUNT for all tennishead readers on tennis rackets, balls, clothing, shoes & accessories with All Things Tennis, our dedicated tennis gear partner