Tennis has enjoyed the stay of Roger Federer for many years but as the sun sinks on the French Open it may be time to seriously consider saying goodbye to Roger Federer. It wasn’t pretty. The tennis great was pushed beyond his limits in his latest loss at the French open, losing in the quarter-finals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
It was perhaps the most heartbreaking loss we’ve seen in recent years because it’s become quite clear that age may be catching up with Roger Federer. Afterwards, the winner of 17 major tennis titles refused to blame it on injury. “He was just better in all areas. He returned better than I did. Served better than I did. I struggled to find my rhythm.”
So as the French Open sets quietly in the sunset it may be time to set our sights on Wimbledon and what may happen there. Could we be seeing the end of an era? If so it wouldn’t be unusual. Tennis, like any other sport, runs in cycles. The current cycle, where Roger Federer was a dominant force for a decade, is now retreating into a new cycle. Who will be the big names? I don’t know but we should play close attention to what happens at Wimbledon. It’s usually a breeding ground for the next crop of champions. If you can survive center court at Wimbledon you can win anywhere.
Action at Wimbledon begins the last week of June and runs into the first week of July. It’s going to be a great summer.