What Happens Next for Roger Federer?

Roger Federer, a genius who made tennis look effortless, died Thursday at 82, leaving the game in his wake. Roger Federer’s father, Roger Sr., announced the news on Facebook, writing that the Swiss star had entered a “carefully controlled” nursing home, due to complications with a recent fall.

“I’ve spent the past few days with my family and all of us have been devastated by what has happened,” said Federer in a statement released by his manager. “Roger will live on forever in the hearts of all who love the game he loved, and in the memories of those who knew him and his life. Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends.”

It was a stunning life ending as much for the sport as it was for its most-talented athlete.

In an era when tennis was suffering a deep lack of stars with the means to compete at the highest level, Federer’s rise and fall mirrored that of our society.

For nearly a decade, and perhaps longer, Federer made tennis look effortless — from the way he handled serve and volley returns, to his ability to rise to the moment rather than fall back.

And even though it had long seemed like he would never reach his peak, his play was so seamless, so full of purpose, that it was hard to imagine he could ever do anything but win.

He was at his peak in 2011 when he won Wimbledon, the last major of his career, and made some of his most memorable moments on the court with his backhand passing shot. He had a long, illustrious career that ended in 2015, but his run was arguably just as significant.

The question is, what happens next for this once in a generation athlete?

What’s happening now

The most obvious choice is to move on, to do something else in sports.

In his autobiography, Federer wrote that he would have to figure out how to break the bad news to his kids.

“I don’t think they will have the mental or physical strength to understand everything without me being there. But I will try to prepare them,” he wrote. “The last thing I want is to leave them with a regret.”

The most obvious choice is to move on, to do something else in sports.

Most players would love to be able to move on to a different sport, but

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