John McEnroe and Tim Henman offer ‘tennis God’ Roger Federer advice after Wimbledon exit

Federer’s future hangs in the balance (Picture: TPN/Getty)

John McEnroe and Tim Henman urged Roger Federer to think carefully over his future after he was beaten convincingly in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, was humbled by Polish 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday and left the All England Club having been bagelled in the third and final set.

Questions were then raised whether he would return to SW19, with the Swiss not giving much away when discussing his future.

‘He should do whatever he wants to do, he’s earned the right,’ McEnroe, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, told BBC Radio Five Live.

‘We don’t know if he will be back. It’s up to him. I’m not sure he knows the answer. He’s a legend, he’s a God. But he’s 39, about to be 40.’

McEnroe wants Federer to take his time over the decision (Picture: WireImage)

Henman added: ‘I don’t know where he stops. He’s got to stop somewhere.

‘Does it come back to Wimbledon? Does he stop in Basel? Does he stop at the Olympics? I don’t know when it is but I just hope he gets it right.

‘It needs to be something special. 12 months is a long time at the age of 40.’

Walking away from sport and the feeling of playing in front of big crowds is a tough decision for any athlete and it won’t be one Federer takes lightly.

‘I probably played 4 or 5 years where I felt deep down I wasn’t going to win it,’ added McEnroe.

‘But I was like, what else am I going to do? And I still loved the sport and I was making a living.’

Henman could vividly remember the moment he decided to call it quits.

‘2007 was my last Wimbledon,’ said the former British No. 1.

‘I lost to Lopez in five. It was a pretty ugly match. Next I played John Isner and I thought, put a fork in me, I’m done.’

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