The world of tennis had to say goodbye to two of the biggest superstars on the main circuit in 2022. They are Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Both have left an indelible mark and have entered the hearts of all fans thanks to their immense talent.
The Swiss champion, as his matches and the numerous surveys launched by the ATP have shown, is the tennis player most loved by fans and has decided to retire in the Laver Cup by playing one last doubles match with his friend-rival Rafael Nadal.
The American legend, for his part, opted to end his career at the US Open, where he reached the third round by fighting to the last point and defeating number two seed Anett Kontaveit. However, Williams has never ruled out the possibility of playing an official tournament again in the future.
Two farewells that did not leave the spectators indifferent and that could have a strong impact on the future of tennis. Paolo Bertolucci, in an exclusive interview with the newspaper L’Unione Sarda, stopped precisely at the fate of tennis.
‘World tennis said goodbye in 2022 to two phenomena like Roger Federer and Serena Williams, unique and unrepeatable. But you will know how to move forward. With new faces, new champions. Because it is a sport that is increasingly international and in constant evolution”, explained Bertolucci.
“Federer’s withdrawal was up in the air, unfortunately, his identity card took its toll on him, he did everything possible to postpone his withdrawal as long as possible, He suffered a lot until the end.” Will it also be the turn of Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the coming years? Sooner or later it will have to happen, the fans have to take it into account, making one consideration above all else: for 15 years we have lived an unrepeatable season with champions like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, capable of breaking all records and playing a fantastic tennis”, concluded the former Italian tennis player.
Haas praises Federer
As part of an interview given to our colleagues from Eurosport Germany, Tommy Haas, who is close to Roger Federer, reminded us that Roger had human qualities well above average. “Roger is an incredible guy, on and off the court, as a friend, as a father, as a man.
With him, we always have fun. He has a wonderful outlook on life and it’s wonderful to spend time with people like him. It’s amazing what Roger has accomplished, for so long and so consistently. He played as if he came from another planet, it was the period from 2004 to 2006.”