Roger Federer’s amazing post-bombshell reveal about Ash Barty’s retirement

Roger Federer, pictured here, explains why players like Ash Barty are retiring early.

Roger Federer has spoken openly about why players like Ash Barty are retiring early. Image: Getty

Roger Federer has opened up to life after his retirement, a startling confession about how the grueling nature of tennis tours leads to young players like Ash Barty retiring early.

Federer played his last professional match at the Laver Cup in September and gave an emotional farewell to the sport after a distinguished career in which he won 20 Grand Slam titles.

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Australian star Barty also announced her retirement Earlier this year he left professional tennis aged 25 after winning Wimbledon in 2021 and the Australian Open in January.

At an event in Tokyo on Saturday, Federer, 41, said he believes the intense tennis tour schedule is having a negative impact on players’ mental health, forcing them to retire early.

“When players retire at a very young age, I totally understand,” said the Swiss legend at a press conference in Tokyo.

“We see that every now and then. I always think it’s such a shame because so much could happen in the future. Tour is tough… travelling, training, jet lag.

“No one is allowed to say ‘Oh, I’m tired today’ because it seems like you’re weak and that’s why players sometimes have mental problems. You’re supposed to be strong. But so are we.” not machines, we are only human.”

A number of tennis pros have spoken out about their mental health issues lately, including Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios. Barty shocked the tennis world when she retired from the sport less than two months after winning the 2022 Australian Open after taking a break from tennis earlier in her career.

Federer added that the strict doping regulations also put pressure on players, who have to inform the relevant authorities of their whereabouts on a daily basis.

“We have to fill out the doping forms for an hour every day where you are,” said the 41-year-old Swiss.

“You’re always aware in the back of your mind that they could come at any moment, especially at this hour. I guess I wasn’t so aware of how much that thought is always there and it rides with you until you retire and then you realize the stress just goes away.”

Federer played 25 years on the tour before calling it a day and he’s making the most of finally being able to relax, saying: ‘As a tennis player you’re always thinking about your next practice, your next match. It never lets you go.”

Roger Federer, pictured here at UNIQLO LifeWear Day in Tokyo.

Roger Federer at the UNIQLO LifeWear Day in Tokyo. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

Ash Barty has no plans to return to tennis

Barty was emphatic when asked about the possibility of a comeback to professional sports – although she left the door a little open in a recent interview.

“No, I’m done. You can never say never, but no. No no no. I’m done,” Barty told AAP while promoting her new memoir My Dream Time.

“I miss competing and challenging myself with the best in the world, but I don’t miss much that comes with that. I’m still competitive with myself when I’m training at home. I’m still trying to push myself, but there’s no more white line fever.

“And I’ve never really felt like there’s that void that needs to be filled because I had a real sense of accomplishment at the end of my career. I don’t think I’ve been looking for the competitive beast yet.”

Ash Barty pictured here on the golf course at the ICON Series in June.

Ash Barty on the golf course at the ICON Series in June. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Queenslander explained that her retirement is very different from a hiatus she took in 2014 when she left tennis after experiencing homesickness, disillusionment and discontent.

“During that period of my life (while I was) playing cricket, I was searching. I was looking for stimulation, I was looking for other things,” she said.

“But now I don’t need it. Now I’ve probably understood and realized that I’ve had an extremely fulfilling, incredible journey in my sporting and professional career, and now it’s time to close this chapter.

“Now a whole new chapter in my life begins and we see what is possible instead of looking for what is missing.”

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