Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after his Men’s Singles 4th round win over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Croquet Club on July 6, 2015 in London, England.
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Tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday after a 24-year career, the Swiss tennis player announced in a letter posted on Twitter.
Federer says that next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his last ATP event. He has faced multiple injuries and surgeries and says he knows “his body’s capabilities and limitations”.
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He holds the record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 237, and the record for the oldest player to come in at No. 36, in 2018. The 41-year-old is a 20-time Grand Slam champion. He played more than 1,500 matches, in which the ATP scored 11,478 aces.
“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss out on everything the tour has given me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time, there’s so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on Earth.”
He turned pro as a teenager and has established rivalries with other greats like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
He thanked his wife Mirka, parents, sister and business team in the touching letter. Federer boasts over $130 million in career earnings. His sponsors include Wilson, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo, Moet Hennessey and Credit Suisse.
At the US Open in late August, he mentioned the possibility of his retirement, saying it was “closer to retirement – but not yet.” Then, reviewing his statement as “a complete joke”, according to NBC Sports.
Federer did not specify his plans after retirement, but he ended the letter, writing: “Finally, with the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”