Tennis legend Roger Federer, the first male player to win 20 Grand Slam titles, has announced his decision to retire from the sport after the Laver Cup 2022. Federer informed of his decision with a post on his Twitter handle. 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 battling 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 41-year-old winner of 20 Grand Slam titles has been out of action since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021 before another bout of knee surgery. Federer made this announcement after the retirement of Serena Williams. Serena retired with the second most Grand Slam titles to her name in the women’s game (23).
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022
Federer is 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 retirement:
To my tennis family and beyond, of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest are, undoubtedly, the people I’ve met along the way; Most of all my friends, my competitors and all the fans who give life to the game. Today I want to share some news with you all.
As many of you know, the last three years have given me challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and its message has only recently become clear to me. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than ever before and I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.
Next week the Laver Cup will be my last ATP event. I will definitely play more tennis in the future but not at the Grand Slam or the Tour. It is a bitter sweet decision as I will miss whatever the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it on a level I never imagined, for much longer than I imagined.
I would especially like to thank my wonderful wife Mirka who was with me every minute. She has warmed me up before the final, watched countless matches even though I am over 8 months pregnant. And has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years. I also want to thank my 4 wonderful kids who supported me, always eager to explore new places and make wonderful memories along the way.
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