Tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from professional tennis on Thursday, September 15. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will retire after this year's Laver Cup in London.
Federer's long career coincided with those of Rafael Nadal, a 22-time grand slam winner, and Novak Djokovic, a 21-time grand slam winner, with whom he dominated men's tennis for the last two decades.
"As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries," Federer stated on said on Instagram.on Thursday.
"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 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career."
Federer stated that he intends to continue playing tennis., "but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour." He hadn't played a competitive match since reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2021.
"But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible."
Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles rank third all-time among men's players, trailing only Nadal (22) and Djokovic (21).