Roger Federer has announced he will retire from the ATP Tour and Grand Slam tournaments after the Laver Cup next week in London.
” I’m 41 years old. I have played over 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said in an Instagram post.
The last years of Federer’s career have been marred by a series of injuries, as he underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and another after being beaten by Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2021.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he said. “I worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear.
Roger Federer ponders retirement planning
Federer’s long career has coincided with those of 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, with whom he has dominated men’s tennis for the past two decades.
“I would also like to thank my competitors on the pitch,” Federer said.
“I had the chance to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought loyally, with passion and intensity, and I always did my best to respect the history of the game. I extremely grateful.
Despite playing alongside two of the greatest players of all time, Federer still broke several records, including becoming the oldest world No. 237 consecutive weeks.
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 bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” he said. “But at the same time, there is 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 never imagined, for far longer than I ever thought possible.