Switzerland’s top tennis player Roger Federer has announced he will retire from the professional game after more than two decades on the court.
The 41-year-old is set to retire after next week’s Laver Cup as he admitted on Thursday that his battles with a knee problem had forced him to call time on his historic career.
Federer is a winner of a historic 20 Grand Slam titles and has been sidelined since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021, after which he underwent his third knee surgery in 18 months.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
“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 1500 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.
“I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. 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.”
Federer said that his body had effectively told him it was time to bring the curtain down and there are emotional reactions on social media.
The Swiss star’s announcement follows that of a fellow legend and the United States icon Serena Williams who is certainly not going to play again.
Williams, 40, bowed out of the US Open in the third round this month and her retirement left the tennis fraternity in shock but proud to have witnessed such a rare talent.
“The greatest there was, the greatest there is, the greatest there will be.”
“That’s the thing I’ve always been afraid of, even though I knew it would happen We will not say goodbye, Roger, but we will say goodbye to fun, art, and playing the most beautiful symphonies We will miss it so much. It’s a sad thing in the history of sports in general.”
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