Tennis legend Roger Federer, the first man to win 20 grand slam titles, has announced his retirement from the sport after the Laver Cup in 2022. Federer announced his decision on his Twitter account. Federer won his first grand slam trophy in 2003 when he won Wimbledon. He has now won six Australian Opens, one French Open, eight Wimbledons, and five US Open. He’s been dealing with a knee problem for quite some time.
“The Laver Cup next week in the London will be my final ATP event,” he posted on his Twitter account. The 41-year-old Grand Slam champion has been out of action since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021 when he underwent another round of knee surgery. Federer’s announcement comes on the heels of Serena Williams’ retirement. Serena retired with the second-most grand slam titles in women’s tennis history (23).
Federer ranks third in the world in terms of grand slam titles won, after only Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. To my tennis family and beyond, the greatest gift that tennis has provided me over the years has been the people I have encountered along the way; my friends, my opponents, and most importantly, the fans who give me the sporting life.
Today, I’d want to share some exciting news with you all. As many of you are aware, the last three years have been difficult for me due to injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to get back into full competition shape. But I also understand my body’s capabilities and limitations, and it has recently sent me a clear message. I am 41 years old. I’ve played over 1500 matches in the last 24 years. Tennis has been more wonderful to me than I could have imagined, and now I must decide whether it is time to call it quits.
My final ATP event will be the Laver Cup next week. Of course, I intend to play more tennis in the future, but not in 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 so much to be thankful for. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest individuals on the planet. I was given a rare gift to play tennis, and I accomplished it at a level I never imagined possible for a much longer period of time.
I’d want to thank my wonderful wife, Mirka, who has been at my side every step of the way. She warmed me up before finals, and she watched countless matches while she was almost eight months pregnant. And has put up with my funny side on the road with my team for more than 20 years. I’d also like to thank my four amazing children for always being keen to explore new places and make wonderful memories along the way.
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