Roger Federer has once again dropped a set during the 2012 French Open, this time it was to Nicolas Mahut. The Frenchman, has some brilliant shots in all sets, though he was particularly effective in the second set, which he took 6-4. Federer eventually remembered he was Federer and came back to take the following two sets and the match. Fed looks good out on the red clay of Paris; however, I’m not entirely sure he has the same power and finesse to take him to the winners circle. Thankfully, it’s still early to tell.
Another, more interesting news tidbit from Roger Federer, was that he and IMG (International Management Group) are no longer working together. This is not the first time that Roger has left the sports management giant, he did leave IMG in 2003 for a couple of years, where he accumulated the some of his major trophies (6 Major titles – Wimbledon x3, US Open x2, and Australian Open x1).
Roger Federer did confirm the rumors of the two splitting, his agent Tony Godsick told Businessweek, “Our contract with Roger Federer has expired and we no longer represent him,” IMG spokesman Jim Gallagher told Businessweek. “Roger is an iconic figure in the world of sports. A gentleman and a great champion, and we hope to work with him again in the future.” Federer also chimed in his own words on the subject, “This is not the first time. So obviously it’s first days of the new months. Obviously this is when contracts sometimes do run out, and that’s been the situation in my case. And in Tony’s case, he didn’t renew. So we’ll see where it goes now. The rest is confidential, I guess. I don’t even know how much I’m allowed to say. And I don’t want to speak about it, anyways, because it’s not my favorite subject. Yeah, I’m aware of it, obviously. And I’ll have to see what happens, but never say never. Who knows what happens the next few weeks, months, and years.”
Now this doesn’t seem like major news, though could this be an indication that the Swiss Tennis God, Roger Federer might be distancing himself from major contracts in order to finally hang up his tennis racquets? Is Roger Federer considering retirement during the French Open?
The only information I was able to find was that his agent, Godsick was planning on starting a new management group and have Roger Federer as his biggest client. So, nothing to worry about for the moment, Roger Federer is NOT retiring from tennis.
In the fourth round, Federer will face lucky loser, David Goffin, a young 21 year old Belgian who is having a dream run at the 2012 French Open. This will be the first time the two have met in a competitive match, and not to put any pressure on Roger, but this Goffin guy says you’re his tennis idol…maybe give him a game or two?