I’m obsessing over Justine’s retirement. WHY, WHY, WHY???? Can’t someone important just ORDER her to come back to tennis – after two weeks in Maui with Simone Bolelli? Come on Simone, you lost early in Hamburg and it’s for the good of the GAME!
One of the main sources of my anxiety over Justine’s decision – besides the huge gaping hole she’s leaving on the tour – is how out of the blue it was. What if another World No. 1 decides to take similar drastic measures after suffering a few uncharacteristic losses? Far fetched? Sure. But she opened the door. . .
Perish the thought!
Thank God Roger is more forthcoming with his plans and feelings than Justine is. He put (some) of my irrational fears to rest in his post-match press conference yesterday. The reporter asked Roger to put himself in Justine’s tennis shoes:
Q: Can you imagine that personal reasons become that strong that you would stop at the age of 26?
FEDERER: Difficult. We are the same age. I was just thinking about it when I was giving the answer. I could not imagine just to say goodbye … That wouldn’t be my thing. I have the feeling that I still have so much ahead of me and so many possibilities in tennis. I just love the sport. It would break my heart if I had to stop. Injuries could be a reason, but obviously that’s not the case with her. But she did have a difficult time on the Tour with injuries and then the story with her husband, etc. For sure there are reasons which could make you retire. I can imagine that, however not in my situation. Especially as long as I’m the no. 1. Then I would rather wait a year and say “Okay, maybe in a year things will be better.” But for sure she has her reasons.