The famous Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has announced his retirement from professional sports.
Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after winning his fourth round gentlemen’s singles match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during Day 7 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2015 in London, England. .
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Tennis legend Roger Federer retires from the sport after a 24-year career. The Swiss player announced this on Thursday in a letter posted on Twitter.
Federer said the Laver Cup in London next week will be his last ATP tournament. He has faced numerous injuries and surgeries and said he knows “the possibilities and limitations of his body”. He posted an entry about yourself reading the letter.
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“Tennis has treated me more generously than I could ever dream of, and now I must understand when it is time to end my sports career,” Federer read. “Of course I will play more tennis, but not at Grand Slams or on tour.”
He holds the record in professional tennis for the most consecutive weeks at number one with 237, as well as the record for the oldest player to place number one at 36 in 2018. The 41-year-old has won 20 Grand Slams. champion. He played over 1,500 matches in which he threw 11,478 aces according to the ATP.
“This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour gave me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time there is something to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world.”
Federer turned pro as a teenager and established legendary rivalries with fellow tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
In an emotional letter, he thanked his wife Mirka, his parents, sister and his business team. Federer has made over $130 million in his career. Its sponsors include Wilson, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo, Moet Hennessey and Credit Suisse.
At the US Open in late August, he mentioned the possibility of retirement, stating “It’s almost time to retire, but not yet.” He subsequently called the comment “an absolute joke”. according to NBC Sports.
Federer did not say what he plans to do after leaving the tour, but concluded the letter by writing: “Finally back to playing tennis: I love you and will never leave.”