Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has declared his retirement from tennis at the age of 41. Due to knee surgery, Federer, who turned 41 in August, hasn’t competed since Wimbledon of last year. Federer said on Thursday that he would be retiring after the Laver Cup in London the following week.
The Laver Cup and the ATP 500 competition in Basel were initially set to feature Federer, who has undergone three knee surgeries since 2020. Federer, though, claims he is paying attention to his body, which is why he believes quitting is the best course of action.
Federer‘s announcement of his retirement
“The people I’ve met along the way—my friends, my rivals, and most importantly the fans who give the sport its life—have undoubtedly been the greatest gifts tennis has given me, to my tennis family and beyond.
I wanted to let you all know some news today,” Federer began by making a statement. “As many of you are aware, the last three years have been difficult for me due to injuries and operations. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting back to my best for competition.
The message my body has been sending me lately is clear, but I am also aware of its potential and limitations. In my 41st year. In the past 24 years, I have participated in over 1500 matches. Tennis has been more generous to me than I could have ever imagined, but now I have to decide when to call it quits on my competitive career.
My last ATP competition will be the Laver Cup in London the following week. Of course, I’ll continue to play tennis, just not in Grand Slam tournaments or on the pro tour.”
The Laver Cup will take place the next weekend. Federer will be teamed up with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Team Europe.