Fresh off his record-setting exhibition match with Alexander Zverev in Mexico City, which garnered an eye-popping 42,000 fans, Roger Federer joined the TODAY Show to discuss his newest business venture, family life and, among other things, retirement. Or lack thereof.
Struggling (and failing) to contain her fandom, TODAY host Savannah Guthrie implored Federer to play forever, to which the Swiss responded jokingly, “I will never retire.”
All kidding aside, the 38-year-old and four-time 2019 titleholder is showing no signs of slowing down.
Roger Federer is just six titles away from tying Jimmy Connors for most all time. (Getty Images)
“I’ve been asked all week how is retirement going to be and when is it going to come? I think they just all needed to know,” Federer said. “I start my planning each year with where I am going to go on vacation with my family.”
An ironman throughout his career, Federer has never retired during a tennis match. But he got a small taste of post-tennis life when recovering from his 2016 MCL tear sustained when drawing his children a bath.
“It was nice to be able to have schedules with friends, let’s have lunch on Wednesday and dinner on Friday, let’s have fun on the weekends, Federer said. “I’m really looking forward to that.”
Federer will eventually hang up his sneakers, but in the meantime he'll be wearing (and designing) more of them. It was recently announced that he'll become the public face of fast-growing Swiss-sneaker label On. This is a huge get for the company and is not off-brand for Federer, either.
“I thought it’d be a perfect time for me to be a part of that, because I love my fashion as you know,” the self-proclaimed sneaker-head told Guthrie.
One day one of our sport's greatest players will call it quits, but luckily for us, that time has not yet come—and, if you take Federer at his word, may never.