15 September 2022

Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis aged 41

“I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear,” said Federer.

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, 41, has announced his retirement from the sport, with next week’s Laver Cup in London set to be his final ATP event.

The 20-time grand-slam winner has been struggling with a knee injury over the past three years and has decided that now is the time for him to step away from the game. Federer revealed the news in a statement posted to his social media accounts, which began: “To my tennis family and beyond. Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.”

“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. 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 recognise when it is time to end my competitive career,” he continued.

The star said he would continue playing tennis in the future “but just not in grand slams or on the tour.”

  • Writer Chris Saunders

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