Roger Federer announces his retirement from tennis after an incredible career

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Roger Federer, one of the most successful tennis athletes of all time, announced that he is retiring from competitive tennis after more than two decades 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

Federer, 41, posted a letter to fans on his social media to make the announcement. He cited injuries in recent years as the reason for his resignation. Most recently, he won a Grand Slam in 2018 – the Australian Open.

“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 be fully competitive again. But I also know the capacities and limitations of my body and its message to me has been clear lately. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed possible and now I have to realize when it’s time to end my competitive career.

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FILE - Switzerland's Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing in their semi-final match to Serbian Novak Djokovic in their semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

FILE – Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing in their semi-final match to Serbian Novak Djokovic in their semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
(AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)

Federer said next week’s Laver Cup will be his last ATP event and will not play any more Grand Slams or Tour events.

“It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the Tour gave me. But at the same time there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the happiest people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I’ve done it all at a level I could never have imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.”

Federer thanked his wife, family, fans and sponsors for their support.

“The last 24 years on tour have been an amazing adventure. While at times it feels like they’ve passed in 24 hours, it was also so profound and magical that it seems like I’ve already lived a lifetime. I was extremely fortunate to play in front of you in over 40 different countries. I laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all, I felt incredibly alive. In my travels I have met many wonderful people who will remain friends for life who, despite their busy schedules, have regularly made time to watch me play and cheer me on all over the world.

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FILE - Switzerland's Roger Federer plays back against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the men's singles quarter-finals match on day 9 of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

FILE – Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays back against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the men’s singles quarter-finals match on day 9 of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

“When my love for tennis began I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I watched the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I started dreaming. My dreams made me work harder and I started believing in myself Success gave me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey to date.

“So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all, everyone around the world, who helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true.

“Finally on the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

Federer’s announcement comes a few weeks after Serena Williams announced her retirement.

Federer was one of the most dominant tennis players of his time and had some epic matchups with Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as they came through the ranks. At one point he had won four consecutive US Open titles.

He also added a gold medal Olympic doubles 2008 and silver in singles in 2012.

But in recent seasons, Federer has been hampered by injuries. He has not played any professional events as of 2022 and only appeared in 19 games from 2020-2021. He won his last tournament title in 2019 at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

FILE - In this January 28, 2020 file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer waves after beating Tennys Sandgren of the United States in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.

FILE – In this January 28, 2020 file photo, Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves after beating Tennys Sandgren of the United States in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.
(AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man, file)

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Federer will walk away with 1,251 wins and 103 singles titles.

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