Roger Federer Announces Retirement from Professional Tennis

Roger Federer Announces Retirement from Professional Tennis
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Roger Federer, considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, announced he will retire from competitive tennis. 

"As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries," Federer said Thursday in a post on his social media accounts. "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 recognize when it is time to end my competitive career." 

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Federer also went on to say he will play his final competitive matches at next week’s Laver Cup. 

He mentioned he will still play tennis in the future but will no longer compete on the ATP Tour or at Grand Slam tournaments.  

"This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me," Federer said. "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." 

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Roger Federer's Career by the Numbers

Federer recorded 20 grand slams during his career, the third-most behind Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). He also has 103 ATP singles titles and has a record eight men’s singles titles at Wimbledon and a record-tying five at the U.S. Open. 

His 1,251 singles victories rank second only to Jimmy Connors in the Open era. Federer also became the oldest No. 1 in ATP rankings history when he took the top spot at 36 in 2018.  

“I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget,” he said.  

Federer displayed his potential at 16 when he won the Wimbledon boys singles title. His first Grand Slam title would also come at Wimbledon when he defeated Mark Philippoussis in 2003. Federer also finished with six titles at the Australian Open and completed the career grand slam when he was victorious at the 2009 French Open.  

Federer started to field retirement questions following his win at Roland Garros, but he would go on to compete for more than a decade. His final Grand Slam title came in 2017 at Wimbledon.  

Federer will also be remembered for his rivalry with Djokovic and Nadal, with the three competing for Grand Slams while each established themselves as the greatest in the sport. 

“We pushed each other, and together, we took tennis to new levels,” Federer said.  

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