October 7, 2022

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Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and the Grand Slams

Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and the Grand Slams

“I am 41 years old. I played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years. Tennis treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I must realize the time is right to end my competitive career,” the one-time Grand Slam winner said in a Instagram Mail.

The last few years of Federer’s career have been marred by a string of injuries, as he underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and another after his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals.

“As many of you know, the past three years have faced me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he said. “I’ve worked hard to get back into full competitive shape. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limitations, and her message to me lately has been clear.”

Federer’s long career has coincided with 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, with whom he has dominated men’s tennis for the past two decades.

“I would also like to thank my opponents on the court,” Federer said.

“I have been fortunate enough to play many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought with integrity, with passion and intensity, and I have always done my best to honor the history of the game. I am very grateful.”

Despite playing alongside two of the greatest players of all time, Federer still broke several records, including becoming the oldest-ever ranked No. 1 in the world at age 36 and staying at the top of the rankings for 237 Standard consecutive week.

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Among Federer’s many accolades, he won major championships in his career: the Australian Open six times, the French Open once, the US Open five times, and Wimbledon – the tournament he was synonymous with – a record eight times.

“This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour gave me,” he said. “But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I have been given a special talent to play tennis, and I have done it at a level I never imagined, for longer than I thought possible.”

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