There Will Be No Next Roger Federer

Earlier this year, months before Roger Federer announced his retirement, the writer and noted tennis enthusiast Geoff Dyer published his 18th book, The Last Days of Roger

Federer. It is not, as the title suggests, a chronicle of late-stage Federer, a period during which the Swiss alternately defied and succumbed to the dictates of athletic old age

by adding three majors to his total haul after a five-year slump, then prematurely ending his 2021 season to undergo a third operation on his timeworn knee. Federer appears in

Dyer’s book, but as set dressing for longer disquisitions on endings more generally, on the late-career output of fellow luminaries like Nietzsche and Beethoven, Bob Dylan and

Jack Kerouac, the poets Louise Gluck and Philip Larkin. Characteristically, Dyer contemplates his own senescence too, defining retirement “as the phase of life in which I will do

nothing but watch tennis.”