Swiss Roger Federer waves to the crowd after winning his men’s fourth round singles match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2015 in London, England.
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Tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport, Thursday, after a career that lasted 24 years, according to what the Swiss player announced in a Twitter message.
Federer said the Laver Cup in London next week would be his last ATP event. He has had multiple injuries and surgeries and says he knows “the capabilities and limitations of his body”. he is Post a recording From himself read the letter.
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“Tennis has 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,” Federer said. “I will play more tennis, of course, but not only in the Grand Slam or on the Tour.”
He holds the record for consecutive weeks at number one with 237, and the record for the oldest player at number one, at 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 everything the tour gave me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth.”
He turned professional as a teenager and staged storied competitions against other greats like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
He thanked his wife, Mirka, his parents, his sister and his staff with an emotional message. Federer boasts over $130 million in career earnings. Its sponsors include Wilson, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo, Moet Hennessy and Credit Suisse.
At the US Open in late August, he signaled the possibility of his retirement, saying it was almost time to retire – but not yet. After that, he retracted his statement as a “complete joke,” According to NBC Sports.
Federer did not mention his plans after his retirement, but ended the letter with: “Finally to tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”
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