The former number one tennis player in the world and winner of twenty Grand Slams, Roger Federer, will end his career next week after the Laver Cup. The 41-year-old Swiss informed about it on Twitter.
“I did everything to get back in top form, but my body gave me a clear answer. I’m 41 and in 24 years I’ve played over 1,500 matches,” said Federer, who in recent years has dealt with health complications more than tennis.
He underwent several knee surgeries, played only six games in 2020 and thirteen last year. On the courts, one of the best tennis players of all time made his last appearance last year at Wimbledon, and not long ago he hoped to return to competitive play.
In the end, however, he decided to end his career. “The Laver Cup in London will be my last ATP event. Even after that I will play tennis, but not at the Grand Slams or the circuit,” added Federer.
The native of Basel has a total of 103 titles and two Olympic medals. In Beijing in 2008, he won the doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka, four years later in London he was not enough in the singles final against Andy Murray from home.
“The decision to quit is a bit bitter because I will miss tennis a lot. But I also realize that I had a tremendous talent that I used to the fullest and for much longer than I could have imagined,” said Federer.
“So thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the people in the world who helped a little ball server from Basel fulfill his childhood dream. And a big thank you also goes to tennis – I love you and I will never leave you,” Federer concluded.