Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, has announced his retirement from the highest level of the sport, stating that next week’s Laver Cup will be his final ATP competition.
“As many of you are aware, the last three years have been difficult for me due to injuries and operations. I’ve worked hard to get back into full competition shape. But I also understand my body’s capabilities and limitations, and its message to me recently has been heartfelt. My age is 41 years “Federer stated in a social media statement.
“I’ve played over 1500 matches in 24 years.” Tennis has been more wonderful to me than I could have imagined, and now I must decide whether it is time to call it quits.
“My final ATP event will be the Laver Cup next week in London.” Of sure, I’ll play more tennis in the future, but not in grand slams or on the tour,” he stated.
The entire message is available here:
To my tennis family and beyond,— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022
His decision comes just over two months after he stated a desire to return to Wimbledon.
Federer remarked this while receiving a standing ovation from supporters during the centennial commemoration of Centre Court.
“I hope I can return… one more time,” he had added at the time. But he stated at the time that he did not anticipate his recovery from knee surgery to take this long. “The knee has been hard for me,” he said.