Swiss Tennis legend, Roger Federer, has announced his retirement from professional tennis today after a 24-year-long sensational career. The 41-year-old Tennis star has been dominating the hard court for years and has won 20 Grand Slam Titles.
The shocking news came courtesy of Twitter leaving the fans shocked as many were hoping Federer would make a comeback in ATP Tour 2023. However, the veteran has now decided to hang up the boots this year.
Roger Federer Announced Retirement from Tennis via Twitter
Federer shared a voice message on Twitter on Thursday, September 15, 2022, where he called the decision to retire a “bittersweet” one.
He also penned an emotional note confirming that he is going to put the end to the legendary career that spanned over two decades.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he wrote.
“I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities, and limits and its message to me lately have been clear.”
Federer continued. “I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
Roger Federer will Retire from Tennis after Laver Cup
Laver Cup is scheduled for next week in London. The exciting tournament is going to be the last time ever we’ll see Roger Federer on the hard court holding the racquet in a professional match.
Previously, Federer had planned to return to the court full time after getting fit. However, injuries have been troubling Federer from playing any tournaments recently. His latest appearance came at last year’s Wimbledon when he was knocked out in the quarterfinals.
“I haven’t planned more than the Laver Cup and Basel yet,” Federer once said. “After Basel, the season is over anyway. It’s important for me to get fit again so that I can train fully. Once I’ve done that, I can choose how many tournaments I play and where.”
Now the legend is going to bid goodbye to the court after Laver Cup next week.
Roger Federer Dominated Tennis for Nearly a Whole Decade
Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel, Switzerland to a Swiss-German family. He started playing tennis at a very young age and became the Wimbledon junior champion in 1998. At the age of 21, Federer won his first major singles title at Wimbledon in 2003.
This marked the beginning of his legendary dominance in professional Tennis. Between 2003 and 2009, Federer made 21 out of 28 major singles finals. He was ranked world No. 1 by the ATP for 310 consecutive weeks.
Nadal and Djokovic are the other two legends of the era. The three of them have combinedly won 63 Grand Slam titles since 2003. Federer alone holds 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a record eight men’s singles Wimbledon titles, and 103 ATP singles titles.
Federer became the first man to reach 20 Grand Slam titles in the 2018 Australian Open final after a victory over Marin Čilić. His last victory came at 2019 Swiss Indoors Basel while his last appearance in a major final came at Wimbledon 2019.
Federer’s retirement is an end of an era as the legend joins another Tennis legend Serena Williams who bid adieu to Tennis after the U.S. Open 3rd Round this week.
Fans are definitely going to miss Federer on the court. Our best wishes go out to the legend as he transitions to the next chapter of his life.