Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis


Roger Federer has announced that he is retiring from tennis at the age of 41. As he was struggling with his knee problems for the past three years, the 20 time Grand Slam champion decided it was time to retire.

Federer made the announcement via a letter posted on social media that began: “To my tennis family and beyond. Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, without a doubt the greatest have been the people I have met along the way: my friends, my competitors and most of all the fans who give life to this sport. Today I want to share some news with you all.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I have been working hard to get back into full competitive shape. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limits, and its message has been clear to me lately. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed and now I have to recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

Federer continued: “It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is something to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis and I did it at a level I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.”

Federer, who won his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2003, thanked his family for their support, writing: “I would especially like to thank my wonderful wife Mirca, who spent every minute with me. She warmed me up for finals, watched countless games even though I was over eight months pregnant, and put up with my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years. “I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always wanting to explore new places and creating wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.”

Federer will play the Laver Cup in London next week, the Ryder Cup-style competition that was his brainchild, but will then retire from the professional game.

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