Is Roger Federer planning to retire from playing tennis in 2020?
The answer is indefinite. There are no reports or claims on whether Federer will retire in 2020.
In lieu of that, tennis fans should be asking who will retire in 2020.
Here are the prominent names.
1) Carla Suarez Navarro
Navarro announced on December 3, 2019 that she will be retiring in 2020 after playing a full season. She shared the news during a press conference at the Barcino Tennis Club.
The 31-year-old Spanish tennis player ranked career-high No. 6 in February 2016. Navarro played at the quarterfinals of the Australian thrice and French, and the US Opens twice.
Navarro said, “The sport has been a fundamental part of my life—it has given me immense joy and I cannot be more grateful for all the experiences that it has allowed me to live. … Tennis will always be in me.”
She has already won $11.58 million in career prize money.
2) Bryan brothers
The phenomenal doubles players are set to retire in 2020 as well. Bob and Mike announced their retirement last November following their US Open bid.
Dubbed as the most successful doubles partnership in the history of Open era, the Bryan brothers have a total of 118 trophies they won over 25 seasons of playing tennis. They have four Grand Slam titles and one Olympic gold medal.
From 2005 to 2017, the Bryan brothers were also awarded the fans’ Favourite Team at the ATP Tour.
The twins turned 41 years old this year. They had a 1,102-358 record.
Federer faced serious challenges this 2019, two of which are Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic reclaimed the No. 1 spot and Nadal is closely trailing behind him.
Tennis analysts say that he would announce his retirement while or after playing at Roland Garros. Federer has been deliberately skipping the French Open despite being stronger at clay courts.
His last match in Roland Garros was in 2015, against his perennial partner, Stan Wawrinka. This year, he sparked an interest in appearing in the clay courts once more.
Unfortunately, Federer was already feeling it as evident by big upsets on the initial rounds in the latter parts of 2019. He was finding difficulties maintaining the expected level of intensity from these rounds to the finals.
Unless he would win Grand Slam titles this year, the assumptions that 2020 is Federer’s last year of playing tennis won’t subside.
What about Serena Williams?
Or it should be Venus? She hasn’t won a Grand Slam, but she managed to win three matches on a major tournament. She lost four matches, though. She hasn’t appeared in the 50 since 2013.
Serena is, of course, a different story. In September, Serena claimed that she would retire from tennis in 20 years.
Serena was having a hard time going back on track since she gave birth. But still, she has no plans of putting down her tennis racket—at least not anytime soon.