Roger Federer has announced that he will retire from the ATP Tour and Grand Slam after next week’s Laver Cup in London.
“I’m 41. I’ve played over 1500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than ever, and now I recognize that,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said in an Instagram post. That’s when it’s time to end my competitive career.
The final few years of Federer’s career have been marred by a series of injuries, as he underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and another after losing to Hubert Herkaz in the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
“As many of you know, the last three years have given me challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he said. “I have worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and its message has only recently become clear to me.”
Roger Federer considers retirement planning
Federer’s long career spanned that of 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, with whom he dominated men’s tennis for the past two decades.
Federer said, ‘I also want to thank my competitors on the court.
“I was fortunate to have played so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought fairly with passion and intensity and I have always tried my best to respect the history of the sport. I feel extremely grateful.”
Despite playing alongside two of the greatest players of all time, Federer still broke several records, including becoming the world’s oldest No. 1 at the age of 36 and topping the rankings for 237 weeks in a row.
Among his many accolades, Federer has won a career Grand Slam: the Australian Open six times, the French Open once, the US Open five times, and Wimbledon – the tournament he was synonymous with – a record eight times.
“It’s a bitter decision, because whatever the tour has given me, I will miss it,” he said. “But at the same time, there’s so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I could have ever imagined.” Didn’t either, for much longer than I ever imagined.”
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