Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement on Thursday at the end of the Laver Cup, a competition which will take place in London from September 23 to 25.
At 41, Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer announces the end of his successful career on Thursday. “The Laver Cup next week in London (from September 23 to 25, editor’s note) will be my last ATP event”, wrote the man with 20 Grand Slam titles in this message addressed to the “tennis family and beyond”.
On the professional circuit since 1998, Roger Federer has a total of 103 singles titles. He won eight times at Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017), six times at the Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018), five times at the US Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and only once at Roland-Garros (2009).
His gigantic track record also includes a Davis Cup title with the Swiss selection in 2014, as well as six Masters crowns. All these performances allowed him to be world number 1 in the ATP rankings for 310 weeks between 2004 and 2018.
“A Bittersweet Decision”
“Of all the gifts tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, have been the people I have met along the way: my friends, my competitors and, above all, the fans. who give life to this sport”, first writes the Swiss in his message. “As many of you know, over the past three years I’ve had to deal with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and the message it has sent to me lately is clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years. Tennis treated me more generously than I ever imagined, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my career.”
“It’s a bittersweet decision, because everything that the Tour has brought me will miss me, continues Roger Federer. But at the same time, there are so many things to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, for much longer than I thought possible “.
“The last 24 years on the circuit have been an incredible adventure. Sometimes it feels like they have passed in 24 hours, but they have been so profound and so magical that I feel like I have already lived an entire life. I had the immense chance to play in front of you in more than 40 different countries. I laughed and cried, I felt joy and pain, and above all, I felt felt incredibly alive. (…) In tennis: thank you and I will never leave you”, he concludes.
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