Roger Federer, one of tennis’ finest players and the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles championships, has declared his retirement from the game.
Roger Federer Opens up on retirement
At the Laver Cup the following week, he will participate in his last ATP match. In a month, the Laver Cup will be my final ATP tour match. In a statement, Roger Federer declared his retirement from the circuit and Grand Slam competitions.
“I’ve worked hard to get back in shape so I can compete. However, I am also conscious of my physical limitations. I am 41 years old and have participated in more than 1500 matches over the period of 24 years. Tennis has treated me more kindly than I ever could have anticipated, and I must recognise the time that my competitive career must stop.”
Naturally, I’ll continue to play tennis, but not in Grand Slams or on the tour. The choice is difficult to make, he remarked.
The tour has given me so much, and I shall miss it all. There is a lot to rejoice, though, at the same time. I count myself among the world’s luckiest individuals. I was granted a special tennis talent that I used to play at a level and for a longer period of time than I ever thought possible, he continued in his tweet.
Federer rose to the top of the men’s tennis world after his triumph at Wimbledon in 2003, where he claimed his maiden Grand Slam title. But in recent years, Federer has a history of illnesses.
He played his last competitive match at Wimbledon in 2021, losing to Polish opponent Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals. His last match was in a competitive situation, a quarterfinal defeat at Wimbledon in 2021 to Polish opponent Hubert Hurkacz. In the last two years, he has had three knee procedures.
At the Laver Cup in London, where he will team up with longtime rival and friend Rafa Nadal to play doubles, Federer will return to the circuit, as he previously promised he would.