Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has broken the hearts of his many fans across the globe after announcing his retirement from the sport.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion noted that next week’s Laver Cup will be his last competitive appearance on the court: “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.”
Roger Federer, now 41 years of age, has been struggling with a knee injury for three years and has decided the time is right to close the curtains on what has been one of the best tennis careers of his generation.
Federer will end his time on the court after next week’s Laver Cup in London.
The tennis great made public his decision to retire via his Twitter page. He wrote: “To my tennis family and beyond. Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all, the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.
“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 tour.”