Roger Federer has announced his decision to retire from competitive tennis after the Laver Cup this year. The 41-year-old announced the decision via his social media profiles, and has called the curtains on his illustrious tennis career.
The Swiss superstar is the first to win 20 Grand Slam titles in tennis. Over the course of his career, he has won 103 ATP titles and became the oldest world number one at the age of 36, back in 2018. In 1,526 games played in his career, he has won 1,251 of them, losing only 275.
Roger Federer announces retirement from competitive tennis
“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize 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,” a statement released on Roger Federer’s social media read.
“This is a bittersweet decision, because 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,” Federer added.
After battling a recurring knee injury, Federer has decided to call it a day in competitive tennis. And for many, he will go down as the greatest of all-time.