Roger Federer sheds light on remaining time on tour

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

LONDON -- Soon after Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam championship, both men's tennis records, he shed light on how much longer he plans to compete on the professional circuit.

"It's a dream to play here, really, and I hope this was not my last match," Federer said after the trophy presentation. "I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title."

This, of course, is not the first time Federer has been asked about his remaining time on tour. During the trophy presentation after winning the Australian Open in January, he said, "I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I ca not be more happy to have won tonight."

So, while he's a level of uncertainty that these could be his final matches, he is also hoping to be back next year. So, which is it for Federer, who will turn 36 next month?

"We never know what happens," Federer said. "Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I do think probably like a year ahead of time with my schedule, fitness schedule, tournaments I would like to play. So, I totally see myself playing here this time next year.

"But because it's far away, because of what happened last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in the very moment, and make them understand, yes, I hope that I am back. There's never a guarantee, especially not at 35, 36. But the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend."


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