The Austrian also admitted she had fears that Federer would announce a sudden retirement, looking to Serena Williams’ recent announcement and confessing that she didn’t think the 103-time title winner would be as honest about declaring his final tournament. “I am always worried with Roger that one day he is just going to say ‘Okay, that’s it, I call it quits’,” Schett said.
“I don’t think he’s going to do a Serena, where he’s going to say, “Okay, I’m going to play this and that tournament. I would love to see him play in Wimbledon and then go and retire, but it’s up to him. It’s a very personal decision.”
Federer and his agent have previously made claims that the 41-year-old is hoping to play at least one last Wimbledon and wants to give the 2023 season a proper go, but Schett was more doubtful. She added: “I think he just wants to give his knee a bit of a test, but we can’t fool ourselves that he’s 40 years of age and his career is coming to an end – it’s impossible to play much longer.”