Tennis legend Roger Federer, the first male player to win 20 Grand Slam titles, has announced his decision to retire from the sport after Laver Cup 2022. Federer announced his decision with a post on his Twitter account. Federer won his first Grand Slam in 2003 when he won the Wimbledon title. He has since won 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles. He has been struggling with a knee injury for a long time.
“Next week’s Laver Cup in London will be my last ATP event,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
The 20-time Grand Slam title winner, 41, has been out of action since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021 before undergoing another knee surgery. Federer’s announcement comes on the heels of Serena Williams’ retirement. Serena retired with the second-most Grand Slam titles to her name in the women’s game (23).
Federer ranks third in terms of the total number of Grand Slam titles won behind his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Here is an excerpt from Federer’s statement on his retirement:
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 have met along the way; my friends, my competitors and above all the fans who bring the sport to life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.
As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to get back to full competitive shape. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.
The Laver Cup next week will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not at Grand Slams or on tour. This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.
I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka who has lived every minute with me. She made me warm up before the finals, she watched countless matches even when she was over 8 months pregnant. And she has put up with my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years. I also want to thank my 4 wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and make wonderful memories along the way.
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