Roger Federer has introduced that he’ll retire from the ATP Tour and grand slams following the Laver Cup subsequent week in London.
“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career,” the 20-time grand slam winner mentioned in an Instagram submit.
The previous couple of years of Federer’s profession have been marred by a sequence of accidents, as he underwent two knee surgical procedures in 2020 and one other after he was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz within the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he mentioned. “I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.”
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Federer’s lengthy profession coincided with these of 22-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal and 21-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic, with whom he dominated males’s tennis for the final 20 years.
“I would also like to thank my competitors on the court,” Federer mentioned.
“I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful.”
Regardless of taking part in alongside two of the best gamers of all time, Federer has nonetheless damaged a number of data, together with turning into the oldest ever world No. 1 at age 36 and remaining on the prime of the rankings for a report 237 consecutive weeks.
Amongst his many accolades, Federer gained a profession grand slam: the Australian Open six instances, the French Open as soon as, the US Open 5 instances, and Wimbledon – the match with which he was synonymous – a report eight instances.
“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” he mentioned. “But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.”
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