Farewell to the legend: Roger Federer announces his retirement from tennis

Swiss tennis player Roger Federerformer world number one, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles and considered one of the best players in history, announced this Thursday (09.15.2022) his retirement, which will take effect at the end of the Laver Cup, a team tournament that he himself promotes and that will be held in London from the 23rd to the 25th of this month.

Federer is 41 years old and will say goodbye after “a wonderful adventure” of 24 years, but after the last three seasons that have been “challenging in the form of injuries and surgeries”.

The player from Basel, the pinnacle of tennis elegance, particularly in the game on grass -a surface on which he won eight Wimbledon titles-, released a statement in which he indicates that he has done everything possible “to return competitively “, but that his body has “capacities and limits” and has sent him “a very clear message”.

“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of and now I must admit that it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup of the Next week in London will be my last ATP tournament. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not at the Grand Slams or on tour.”

surpassed his own expectations

Federer admits that he received “a special talent to play tennis” and that he did it at a level he never imagined “and for much longer” than he thought, he acknowledges, “was possible”.

In a long chapter of thanks, the Swiss refers to his wife Mirka and their children, his parents and sister, his coaches, the Swiss team, his support group and his sponsors, the fans and also his rivals .

“I have been lucky enough to play many epic matches that I will not forget. We faced each other with cleanliness, passion and intensity (…). We motivated each other and together we took tennis to another level,” says Federer.

“The last 24 years on the circuit have been an incredible adventure (…). I have been fortunate to play in 40 countries. I have laughed and cried, I have felt joy and pain, but above all I have felt incredibly alive”, indicates the player. “In closing, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never abandon you,” Federer concluded the statement.

The Swiss player won, in addition to eight Wimbledon tournaments, the Australian Open six times, the US Open five times and Roland Garros once. He first accessed world number one on February 2, 2004.

He retires with 103 titles, a balance of 1,251 games won and 275 lost and official earnings, according to the ATP, of 130.5 million dollars.