Tennis Legend Roger Federer Announces Retirement: Tennis legend Roger Federer, the first men’s player to win 20 grand slam titles, has announced his decision to retire from the sport after Laver Cup 2022. Federer informed of his decision with a post on his Twitter handle.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. 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 am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in grand slams or on the tour.”
Federer won his first Grand Slam in 2003 when he won the Wimbledon title. He has since won 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles.
Federer is third in terms of the total number of Grand Slam titles won, behind his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Here’s the full description released by Roger Federer:
To my tennis family and beyond, of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, undoubtedly, are the people I’ve met along the way; Most of all my friends, my competitors and most of all the fans who give life to the game. Today I want to share some news with you all.
As many of you know, the last three years have given me challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and its message has only recently become clear to me. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than ever before and I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.
Next week the Laver Cup will be my last ATP event. I will definitely play more tennis in the future but not at the Grand Slam or the Tour. It is a bitter sweet decision as I will miss whatever the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it on a level I never imagined, for much longer than I imagined.