Tennis legend Roger Federer has announced his retirement from the competitive sport after 24 years.
The player in an emotional post said he will retire from the sport at the age of 41 following the Laver Cup which will take place next week in London.
The Swiss Legend has an astonishing 20 grand slams it has endured a difficult few years. He has been out of action since Wimbledon in 2021 after going through triple knee surgeries during his time off.The 41-year-old said in a statement,
“As many of know the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries, 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 has been clear;
I’m 41 years old, I’ve played more than 500 matches over 24 years; tennis has treated me more generously than I would have ever dreamt and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. Tennis I love you; I wish ll never leave you”.
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Federer retires with 20 Grand Slam singles championships, which places him third among men overall behind still-active opponents Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). The most men’s Wimbledon titles ever won were eight, all by him.
He was scheduled to compete at his home tournament, the Swiss Indoors, in October and maybe at Wimbledon the following year before Thursday’s revelation. His 24 years on the road were “an fantastic journey,” he said.