One of history’s most extraordinary sporting careers will end when Roger Federer, 41, announces his retirement following the Laver Cup in London.
Following the Laver Cup next week, Roger Federer announced Thursday that his illustrious tennis career would end. In a statement earlier on Thursday, Federer said that his body had effectively told him to call it quits on a career that saw him win 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
“My final ATP competition will be the Laver Cup in London next week. I will continue to play tennis in the future, just not in Grand Slams or on tour,” he added.
The Laver Cup team competition in London will also give him his final opportunity to compete as a member of the “Big Four” tennis players, who have dominated the sport for the past two decades. Andy Murray, the two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic will all compete as members of Team Europe. With 22 Grand Slam triumphs, Rafael Nadal owns the record. Federer also gave them praise. He said, “I was fortunate to play so many amazing matches that I will never forget.”
After losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0, it was discovered that Federer had reinjured his knee off the game for more than one year. Federer has participated in five events since January 2020 and undergone three knee surgeries. His retirement was attributed to late-career injury problems. Late-career injury issues were stated as the cause for his retirement.
“Injuries and operations over the previous three years have faced me with difficulties. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting back to full competitive shape,” Federer wrote. “However, I am also aware of my body’s potential and limitations; lately, it has made that plain. I’m a 41-year-old man. In the past 24 years, I have participated in almost 1500 matches. Tennis has been more generous to me than I imagined, but now I have to decide whether to call it quits on my competitive career.”
For a significant time, Roger Federer owned the male grand slam championship record, surpassing his idol Pete Sampras, whose total of 14 titles was once considered virtually indestructible.
He also broke numerous records that testify to his excellence and consistency throughout his career, like making it to 36 straight quarterfinals and 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals. Federer has won 103 ATP singles, 28 ATP Masters, and six ATP Finals. In 1,526 ATP tour matches, he has a singles record of 1251-275 (82%) points.
Federer won his first grand slam championship at Wimbledon in 2003 when he was just 21 years old, and within 14 months, he had established his domination. At his best between 2004 and 2007, he had a 247-15 (94%) record, meticulously redefining what excellence in the men’s game meant.
Rafael Nadal paid him a sincere tribute in a tweet. With the words “Dear Roger, my friend, and rival,” he began his tweet. He continued by saying that he “never anticipated this day would come” and how incredibly heartbroken he was about the announcement. He declared that his retirement day would be the worst day ever for him and the entire sports industry. It has been both a pleasure and an honor.
There are still many things to accomplish together, according to Rafael, who expressed his desire to spend a lot of future moments with the 41-year-old. He also wished for his well-being.
“We will have many more moments to share together in the future; there are still lots of things to do together, we know that. For now, I truly wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your kids, and your family, and enjoy what’s ahead of you. I’ll see you in London @LaverCup.”
Because of how effortlessly Federer appeared to move through the sport, his achievement was even more significant for many people. He had an effortless, fluid technique, the broadest arsenal of shots in the world, and the willingness to consistently probe the net.
Billie Jean King declared on Twitter that Roger Federer was a champion’s champion. “He has the most complete game of his generation and has won the hearts of sports fans worldwide because of his incredible court quickness and sharp tennis intellect. He had a legendary career filled with unforgettable memories.”
Federer rose above his sport to become one of the most well-known sports figures ever. Federer’s endurance is one of his crowning achievements, despite injuries eventually catching up with him. For over a decade, he outperformed many of his closest competitors; today, he will finally catch up with them.