Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, will retire from a top tennis career after the Laver Cup in London this month.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t competed since Wimbledon 2021, after which he had a third knee surgery.
“My body’s message to me has been clear lately,” Swiss Federer, 41, said.
“I’ve played over 1,500 games over 24 years. Now I have to realize that it’s time to end my playing career.”
He added: “For the game of tennis, I love you and will never leave you.”
Federer has struggled with a knee problem for the past three years, leaving him in only three of the 11 Grand Slams held since the start of 2020.
He hasn’t played a match since losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last summer.
He then announced that he needed to have more surgery on his knee as he had two previous surgeries in 2020.
Only Spain’s Rafael Nadal, with 22 major titles, and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, with 21, have more Grand Slam singles titles than Federer.
Federer added: “This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss out on everything the tour has given me.
“But at the same time, there’s so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on Earth. I’ve been blessed with an exceptional talent for playing tennis, and I’ve done it here. a level that I have never imagined for much longer. than I ever thought possible.”
In addition to thanking his family, supporters and fans, Federer also thanked his opponents from a golden era of male gaming content.
“I’ve been fortunate to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought fair, passionately and intensely, and I always do my best to respect the history of the game.
“I feel incredibly grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to the next level.”
Federer made his professional debut at the age of 16 in 1998 and won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003.
He ended his career with a record total of eight men’s singles wins at the All England Club.
Federer’s last Grand Slam win was at the Australian Open 2018 when, aged 36, he became the second oldest man to win a major singles title in the Open era.
After rising to world number one for the first time in 2004, he spent 310 weeks as the ATP Tour lead player of his career – a record until he was surpassed by Djokovic in October. 2 year 2021.
He won mixed doubles gold at the Olympics for Switzerland alongside Stan Wawrinka in Beijing 2008 and silver in singles in London 2012 when Britain’s Andy Murray reversed an overall loss at Wimbledon from the previous month.
He was also part of the Swiss team that won the Davis Cup for the first time in 2014 and lifted a record six ATP Finals titles.
The three-day Laver Cup, held at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, begins Friday, September 23.
Federer will join Murray, Nadal, Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Casper Ruud of Norway in a European team that meets the team representing the rest of the world.
He was part of the team that created and hosted the tournament, which was first held in 2017.
Federer’s retirement announcement comes less than two weeks after 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams competed what is expected to be the last match of her career at the US Open.
Where Federer won the Grand Slam title
Federer is the most successful men’s tennis player of all time following his unparalleled success at Wimbledon, with his last win at the All England Club taking place in 2017.
The Australian Open is the Swiss’s next most successful major, winning six titles at Melbourne Park between 2004 and 2018.
He won all five US Open titles in a row from 2004 to 2008, while his only victory on French Open clay was in 2009.
Federer has reached a total of 31 Grand Slam finals, doing so for the last time at Wimbledon 2019 when he lost to Djokovic, who held two championship points.
Federer retires – reaction
The president of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Ian Hewitt, congratulated Federer on a “really remarkable career”.
“He will forever be celebrated as one of our greatest Wimbledon champions, having lifted the trophy eight times in 22 appearances at the All England Club,” added Hewitt.
“I hope that, in retirement, Roger can look back with immense satisfaction and pride in all his accomplishments and the appreciation he is held by the tennis community.”
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Federer to win the 2009 US Open, paid tribute to his opponent.
“I love you, Roger,” he tweeted.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done in tennis and with myself. The tennis world would never be the same without you.”
ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi said: “He has led an incredible new era of growth and increased the popularity of our sport. Very few athletes have surpassed their field in this way. such a way.”
Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd said: “No one who has watched him compete will forget his grace, elegance and poise on the court.”
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