On Saturday Alex Dolgopolov officially announced his retirement. The 32-year-old was also number 13 in the world and achieved results such as the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, but yesterday he announced that he had to leave the world of tennis for good. There have been many messages towards the Ukrainian and Dolgopolov and Alexandr has published on social networks a particular message that has struck him, a message sent in private by the twenty-time Grand Slam title champion and legend of this sport Roger Federer. Dolgopolov has been a professional since 2006 and to the microphones of AtpTour.com he made the following statements: “I have never broken particular tennis records, but I hope I have played tennis that is fun for the fans. My wrist injury came three years ago in Australia after I badly hit a response. I felt pain, but it was nothing serious. I made it to the third round at the Australian Open but I never imagined that that would be the end of my career. I have been trying to return for two years, I have had two surgeries but I still have pain. I still wanted to compete but to do that I would have to be healthy. Now I don’t think I will play tennis again, I have been playing since I was a child and now I want to get away from this sport, I need a break and I believe at the moment that I will start a career as an entrepreneur.” In an interview with Schweizer Familie, Roger Federer has claimed that he is committed to putting in the hard yards to regain his form of old.
Roger Federer on his passion for South Africa
“I will do everything I can to get back to the top after my surgery and the long pause due to that,” Roger Federer said. “As long as I am happy and healthy I will continue to play. Now, before you even ask me for how long, I must tell you, I don’t know, honestly.” Roger Federer also spoke about South Africa, a country that he has very deep-rooted ties with. “From my visits to Africa I always travel home with the motivation to do even more,” Federer added. “Down there I’m not a tennis star, I’m just Roger.” Among the many possessions being put up for auction are Roger Federer’s outfit and racket from his 2009 French Open win over Robin Soderling. Federer adorned a teal-colored Nike T-shirt that day, with his shorts being of a darker shade. The 20-time Major champion’s Wilson K Factor racket, which he used to beat Juan Martin del Potro, Tommy Haas, Gael Monfils and Robin Soderling, is also registered on the auction list.