After facing challenges such as “injuries” and “surgeries”, Roger Federer, tennis champion, has announced his retirement.
In a Twitter video, the 41-year old said that he must “recognize when it is time for me to end my competitive career”.
Federer has won 20 Grand Slams including eight Wimbledon titles. Federer’s last Grand Slam title came in 2018 at the Australian Open.
After the Laver Cup, which will be held at London’s O2 arena later in the month, he will cease playing competitively.
He stated, “Today I want to share some information with all of you. Many of you are aware that the past three years have been difficult for me due to injuries and surgeries.
I have worked hard to get back to my full competitive level. However, I am also aware of my body’s limits and capacities. This has been a clear message to me recently.
“I’m 41 years old. Over the past 24 years, I have played over 1,500 matches. I have been treated more generously by tennis than I could ever imagine and I now need to recognize when it is time for me to retire from competitive tennis.
“The Laver Cup in London next week will be my last ATP event. Although I plan to play more tennis in future, it will not be in Grand Slams nor on the tour.
Federer has not played since Wimbledon 2021, after a procedure to repair his meniscus cartilage and cartilage in his right leg. This was Federer’s third knee operation in the space of a year.
It occurs just days after the US Open ended, which was expected not to be the final tournament in Serena Williams’ 23-year career as major champion.
Federer’s accomplishments in numbers
* 20 – Grand Slam titles
* 31 – Final appearances
* 23 – Three consecutive appearances in Grand Slam semi finals between 2004 and 2010, an all-time record
* 8 – Wimbledon titles are the most by any man
* 1,251- The Career Matches won out of 1,526
* 369 – Match wins in grand Slams
* 310 – Weeks spent at the world number one, 237 consecutively
* 5 – Federer reached the final at each Grand Slam at least five years ago
* 103 – Career titles, second in Open era after Jimmy Connors
* 65 – Consecutive grass matches won from 2003 to 2008.
* 2 – Olympic Medals: Gold in doubles with Stan Warwrinka 2008, and Silver in Singles 2012
* PS113,577,897 – Career prize money