Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis

Tennis great Roger Federer announced his retirement from professional tennis on Thursday.

The announcement was made in both a video and a written statement shared on social media that noted next week’s match will be his last.

The statement

“As many of you 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,” Federer wrote.

“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 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,” he added.

His career

Federer ends his career with 20 Grand Slam victories, the third-most of any professional male tennis player.

He also became the oldest male athlete to rank number 1 in the ATP rankings in 2018 at the age of 36.

Federer noted that the Laver Cup in London will serve as his final match, saying he will play more tennis in the future, but not at the Grand Slams or the tour.

The news has led to many tributes from fellow players and fans as Federer marks an end to his legendary career.