Roger Federer, the elegant Swiss star who dominated men’s tennis for twenty years but saw his newer years marred by injuries and surgeries, said Thursday that he was retiring from the game.
“I’m 41 years old, I even have played greater than 1,500 matches over 24 years,” Federer said in an audio clip posted on social media. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamed and now I need to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive profession.”
Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, said his appearance at next week’s Laver Cup in London could be his final competitive matches. He said he would proceed to play tennis in the longer term, but that he would now not compete on the ATP Tour or in Grand Slam championships like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that he once dominated.
“The past three years have presented me with challenges in the shape of injuries and surgeries,” he said in a video on Twitter. “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 recently has been clear.”
Federer leaves the sport with one among the best competitive records in the sport’s history: 103 ATP singles titles, 20 Grand Slam championships, a record eight men’s singles titles at Wimbledon and a record-tying five on the U.S. Open.
His decision to step away from the sport comes after an analogous one by Serena Williams, who announced before this yr’s U.S. Open that she would do the identical.
This can be a developing story and can be updated.