World Teen - Main Article
Signup Teachers & Parents
Federer Retires
News Bytes 09/16/2022 2 Comments

The timing hardly could be more symbolic: Within a span of two weeks, Serena Williams plays what is believed to be her last match at age 40, Roger Federer announces he’ll be retiring at 41, Iga Swiatek wins her third Grand Slam title at age 21, and Carlos Alcaraz gets his first at 19. A new generation of potential greats is emerging in the world of professional tennis as the former generation exits the courts.

There was much anxious handwringing in recent years as fans wondered whether the sport could survive losing its superstars. But tennis seems to be in good hands as it prepares to move on.

Williams made her retirement plans public last month. A recordholder with 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, Federer told the world on Thursday that he will exit the game after the Laver Cup next week.

Of Federer and Williams, Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri says, “They helped mold tennis into what it is today. We will miss them.” But he continues, “Having these youngsters (Swiatek and Alcaraz) being No. 1 is going to make a big difference for the tours.”

Federer became a widely respected ambassador of the game. The Swiss athlete attracted fans and new players from around the globe—for more reasons than just his win statistics.

He played tennis with a style that only rarely betrayed the effort he put into his masterful serving and flawless footwork. He was not one to grunt loudly on shots or celebrate wildly after them.

For his long career, Federer wielded a racket in a way that helped him win—and also manage to avoid serious injuries as he built a record of consistent excellence. But on Thursday, a little more than a month past his 41st birthday and after a series of knee operations, the superstar and father-of-four (two sets of twins) announced that there would be no more comebacks.

“He was the epitome of a champion; class, grace, humility, beloved by everyone,” Hall of Famer Chris Evert wrote on Twitter.

In a goodbye post addressed to his competitors—namely Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic—he said, “We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.”

(Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds the trophy after winning the Men’s Singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 16, 2017. Federer announced Thursday, that he is retiring from tennis. AP/Alastair Grant)

Leave a comment
  • Keep comments on topic and related to the subject matter of the article. (Off-topic comments will be deleted.)
  • Be respectful of everyone, including other readers as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely.
  • Do not post links to websites outside of WORLDteen.
  • Keep personal information such as full name, age, location, and contact information private.
  • Read your comment before posting to be sure you have typed what you wish to say in public.
Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.

Most recent comments

1st comment

Two sets of twins! That must be exhausting! XD

2nd Comment

He and his wife must be amazing people (and tennis players)

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login