By Simon Farnsworth
With a record 17 Grand Slams to his name Roger Federer is one of the greatest players to ever grace a tennis court.
But in today’s Golden Age of tennis the Swiss maestro has slipped to number five in the world and has been knocked out of his last three tournaments by players ranked outside the top 50. On top of this injuries, especially back spasms, seem to be hampering Federer’s attempts to keep up with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
This begs the question: Is it time for him to retire? Ultimately Federer, 31, is the only person who can answer this.
This is undoubtedly his worst season since he became a force in the men’s game and Federer has to question himself as to whether he still has it within him to compete at the very top levels of the sport.
If not, he has to decide whether he wants to bow out whilst near the summit of the game or continue playing into his mid to late 30’s.
The second option is always the toughest for a professional sportsman of Federer’s level as this sees them slip down the rankings in a sport they once dominated. However, Federer loves tennis and has enough money to last him many a lifetime so if he is enjoying his tennis, his training and the travelling there is nothing to stop the great man of tennis continuing for the foreseeable future.
Federer still has so much to give the world of tennis- both on and off the court. He might not be at the level he once was and as fans we may have to lower our expectations slightly to continue watching him glide around the courts. However, can we the fans, and Federer himself, stomach watching the decline of one of the all time greats?
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