Tennis legend Roger Federer has officially announced his retirement from the sport after this month’s Laver Cup showcase tournament.
The Swiss Maestro calls it quits after 20 Grand Slam titles and considered one of the most influential athletes in history.
“I would like to inform my tennis family, and not only, that after this sport has brought me so many gifts over the years, the most important have been my friends, rivals, and tennis fans.
Today I share news with you. Many of you know that over the last three years I have been hampered by various difficulties such as injuries and surgeries.
I’ve been working hard to get back to my best, but my body has its limits. I’m 41 and have played over 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has been generous to me and I can’t wish for more. I understand that this is the end of my career. The Laver Cup in London next week will be my last tournament. I will continue to play tennis, but not on the Grand Slam and ATP tour.
It’s a tough decision because I’m going to miss everything the tour has given me. At the same time, I want to celebrate it. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in this world. I was given a special talent to play tennis and I played it at a level I never imagined and for a period I never imagined,” said the official statement of the Swiss.
Federer debuted in 2014 and has a total of 103 titles, including 310 weeks at the top of the world rankings, including a record 237 in a row.