In one other shake-up to the skilled tennis circuit, Roger Federer took to social media in the present day to announce his retirement from the game. The Swiss participant has dominated males’s tennis since his skilled debut in 1998, profitable 20 Grand Slam singles titles, together with a file eight Wimbledon singles titles, in addition to a pair of Olympic medals.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Federer wrote: “As lots of , the previous three years have introduced me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures. I’ve labored onerous to return to full aggressive type. However I additionally know my physique’s capacities and limits, and its message to me recently has been clear. I’m 41 years previous. I’ve performed greater than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I need to acknowledge when it’s time to finish my aggressive profession. . . . This can be a bittersweet choice, as a result of I’ll miss every little thing the tour has given me. However on the identical time, there may be a lot to rejoice. I take into account myself one of the vital lucky folks on Earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a degree that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought doable.”
To my tennis household and past,
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022
Federer defined that the Laver Cup, which runs from Sept. 23 to 25 in London this 12 months, might be his closing occasion with the Affiliation of Tennis Professionals (the governing physique of males’s skilled tennis competitions). The Laver Cup pits a team of six top European players against another featuring six players from around the world.
Unwilling to desert his love of the game fully, Federer mentioned he’ll nonetheless play tennis, simply not within the aggressive circuit.
After thanking his household, followers, workforce, opponents, and sponsors, Federer continued: “The final 24 years on tour have been an unbelievable journey. Whereas it generally feels prefer it glided by in 24 hours, it has additionally been so deep and magical that it appears as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime. I’ve had the immense fortune to play in entrance of you in over 40 totally different nations. I’ve laughed and cried, felt pleasure and ache, and most of all I’ve felt extremely alive.”
The information comes solely weeks after fellow tennis superstar Serena Williams, 40, announced her retirement — and the departure of two tennis greats is definitely bittersweet for followers and gamers alike.