All-time great champion Roger Federer has announced his retirement from tennis at the age of 41, with next week’s Laver Cup in London being his last event.
Federer has won 20 major trophies and a record 103 ATP titles over the course of his 24-year career, including eight Wimbledon titles, and has established himself as one of the most successful tennis players the sport has ever seen.
But he spent the better part of the last two years on the sidelines and underwent triple knee surgery during that time. In a post on his social media pages Thursday, Federer broke the news: “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgery. I have worked hard to get back to full form competitiveness.
“But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body and lately its message has been clear to me. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed and now. I have to recognize when it’s time to end my racing career.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, or of course, but not in the Grand Slams or on the tour.
“I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart, to all those around the world who have contributed to making the dreams of a young Swiss dancer come true. Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”
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One champion to another
‘The champion of a champion’
Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and former world number 1:
He has the most complete game of his generation and has captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with blazing speed on the court and a powerful tennis mind. He has had a historic career with memories that will live on indefinitely.
Martina Navratilova’s message of thanks
The only player to have won more Wimbledon singles titles than Federer reacted to the news of Federer’s announcement:
What a heartfelt message, full of love, life, hope, passion and gratitude. Which is exactly how Roger played the game we love so much. Thank you thank you thank you, for all the magic.
Federer’s record against some of his great rivals
Rafael Nadal – Won 16 Lost 24
Novak Djokovic – Won 23 lost 27
Andy Murray – Won 14 Lost 11
Andy Roddick – Won 21 Lost 3
Leyton Hewitt – Won 18 Lost 9
Tennis correspondent Simon Briggs offers his thoughts
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It didn’t always end in Federer’s favor …
My colleague Uche Amako on the news
You always remember the first time
Federer’s statement in full
Special Contribution: The coach and the tragedy that set Roger Federer on the path to greatness
This is a story of pain and trauma. It’s about the eternal, choppy influence of a great teacher or coach. And it talks about the origins of the sport’s most wonderful show: Roger Federer’s one-handed backhand.
Look for the words “Peter Carter” and “tennis” on YouTube and many of the clues will soon appear. There’s the grainy footage of Carter announcing himself in senior tennis with a Fed-style backhand winner to defeat John Alexander at the South Australian Open.
Read Jeremy Wilson’s full piece on his relationship with manager Peter Carter, who tragically died at the age of 37 in 2002.
LTA chief Scott Lloyd reacts
“She will retire as one of the legends of the game, which has brought joy to anyone who watches tennis. No one who has seen him play will forget her grace, elegance and balance on the pitch.
We have been fortunate that many of his biggest performances have taken place in Wimbledon and he will always remain a favorite with the British public. We will miss him very much and we wish him well for the future ”.
Federer statement in audiovisual form
Roger Federer’s career in numbers
20 Grand Slam Titles (Eight wimbledon titles, Six Australian opens, Five US opens e One French Open)
103 ATP titles
237 consecutive weeks at no. 1
Transformed into a professional 1998
£ 113,692,166 total prize pool
1,526 matches and 1.251 wins
Roland Garros intervenes
“Only” the only French Open title for Federer, in 2009.
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Where Federer ranks in the Grand Slam singles titles
His latest Grand Slam title
Federer won the last of his 20 major single titles at the Australian Open in 2018.
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“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 celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on Earth. I have been given a special talent for playing tennis and I did it at a level I never imagined, for much longer than I thought possible.
“I would especially like to thank my amazing wife Mirka, who lived every minute with me. She warmed me up before the finals, watched countless games even when she was over eight months pregnant and put up with my silly side traveling with my team for over 20 years.
“I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and create wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on for the threads is a feeling I will cherish forever.”
Roger Federer has announced he will retire from tennis following next week’s Laver Cup in London after failing to recover from a long-term knee injury.
In a post on his Instagram page, Federer said: “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgery. I worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and his message has been clear to me lately. I’m 41 years old. I’ve played over 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever imagined, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, or of course, but not in the Grand Slams or on the tour. “