The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion and one of the all-time great tennis players, Roger Federer, announced his retirement on September 15. Laver Cup will be his last ATP match, he declared. He also said he wouldn’t take part in any more Grand Slams or the Tour.
“I’ve put a lot of effort into getting back into competitive shape. But I am also aware of the limitations of my body. I have played more than 1500 matches over the course of 24 years and am 41 years old. More generously than I could have ever imagined, tennis has treated me, and I must recognize when my competitive career must come to an end. Of course, I’ll play more tennis, just not in Grand Slams or on the tour. It’s a difficult choice,” he stated “.
Federer expressed gratitude to his supporters and rivals for assisting him along the way. Also mentioned that “At the age of 41 he feels the time has come to retire, Tennis has treated me generously beyond my wildest expectations”.
He further added “I will miss everything the tour has given me. 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 at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible”.
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After winning his first Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon in 2003, Federer proceeded on to conquer men’s tennis. However, in recent years, Federer has struggled with injuries. His last competitive match was a quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland at the 2021 Wimbledon. He has had three knee operations in the past two years.
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Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer will play doubles at the Laver Cup in London. He also intended to compete in the Swiss indoor tournament in Basel. In 2001, while advancing to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Federer made his unique talent known by defeating American legend Pete Sampras.
The only thing missing from his dazzling résumé is an Olympic singles gold medal, having lost to Andy Murray in 2012 final. He also holds the record for 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the world rankings.