Roger Federer pronounces retirement; 20-time Grand Slam champion will play Laver Cup as closing tennis occasion

Roger Federer is retiring from skilled tennis at age 41 after a sequence of knee operations, closing a profession during which he gained 20 Grand Slam titles, completed 5 seasons ranked No. 1 and helped create a golden period of males’s tennis with rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer stated Thursday in a publish on his social media accounts. “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.

“I’m 41 years outdated. I’ve performed greater than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I have to acknowledge when it’s time to finish my aggressive profession.”

Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles rank third all time among men’s players behind only contemporaries Nadal (22) and Djokovic (21).

Federer said he intends to keep playing tennis, “however simply not in Grand Slams or on the tour.” He had not played a competitive match since reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2021 and announced in mid-August that he had undergone another knee surgery.

But he had appeared at an event marking the 100th anniversary of Centre Court at the All England Club in July and said he hoped to come back to play there “yet one more time.” He also had said he would return to tournament action at the Swiss Indoors in October.

“This can be a bittersweet resolution, as a result of I’ll miss every thing the tour has given me,” Federer said. “However on the identical time, there may be a lot to have a good time. I contemplate myself one of the lucky folks on Earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a stage that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought attainable.”

Nadal expressed an identical sentiment, tweeting, “I want at the present time would have by no means come,” but also expressing gratitude for the opportunity to “share all these years with you, residing so many superb moments on and off the courtroom.”

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray are set to play collectively for the primary time once they compete Sept. 23-25 as a part of Group Europe on the Laver Cup in London. Named after Australian nice Rod Laver, the three-day group occasion, which is run by Federer’s administration firm, pits six of Europe’s high gamers in opposition to six from the remainder of the world.

Tony Godsick, Federer’s agent since 2005, instructed The Related Press that Federer had been having points in his newest restoration from knee surgical procedure.

“A few weeks after Wimbledon, he informed me that the knee was not reacting as well as it should and that he was thinking about figuring out a way to end his career,” Godsick stated in a phone interview. “I had suggested to him years ago that he should stop. Not many tennis players at his level push into their 40s. But he was always interested in challenging himself. And at the end of the day, after 1,500-plus matches, the tires finally wore out. And he’s got things to do in his next stage.”

Federer leaves with 103 tour-level titles on his substantial résumé and 1,251 wins in singles matches, each second solely to Jimmy Connors within the Open period, which started in 1968. Federer’s data embody being the oldest No. 1 in ATP rankings historical past — he returned to the highest spot at 36 in 2018 — and most consecutive weeks there; his total-weeks mark was eclipsed by Djokovic.

The dominance Federer displayed on the peak of his powers is unmatched, together with reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, profitable eight, from 2005 to 2007, a run that additionally prolonged to 18 of 19 main finals into 2010.

In a sport the place adjustments in floor and different circumstances could make even one of the best gamers thrilled with a exhibiting right here or there into the second week of a Slam, Federer compiled streaks of 36 quarterfinals in a row and 23 semifinals in a row from 2004 to 2013.

“Roger Federer is a champion’s champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with an amazing quickness on the court and a powerful tennis mind,” Corridor of Famer Billie Jean King stated. “He has had a historic career with memories that will live on and on.”

When Federer gained his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, Pete Sampras held the lads’s report for titles; the American had gained his 14th on the US Open the yr earlier than in what turned out to be the ultimate match of his profession.

Federer would go on to blow well beyond that, ending up with 20 by profitable eight championships at Wimbledon, six on the Australian Open, 5 on the US Open and one on the French Open. His 2009 trophy at Roland Garros allowed Federer to finish a profession Grand Slam.

His serving, forehand, footwork and attacking type will all be remembered. Additionally unforgettable have been his matches in opposition to youthful rivals Nadal, 36, and Djokovic, 35, who each equaled, then surpassed, Federer’s Slam whole and are nonetheless profitable titles on the sport’s 4 largest tournaments.

“I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget,” Federer stated in Thursday’s announcement. Addressing his “competitors on the court,” though not by title, he wrote: “We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.”

Federer and his spouse, Mirka — a tennis participant too; they met as athletes at an Olympics — have two units of twins.