Roger Federer retires: Tennis legend ends profession with 20 Grand Slam titles, will play one final event

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Yet one more tennis legend is asking it a profession. Simply weeks after Serena Williams performed what’s believed to be her closing skilled event, Roger Federer introduced Thursday that he’s retiring from the game. The Swiss tennis legend is among the most completed tennis gamers not solely of his era, however within the historical past of the game. He gained 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third to Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) — each of whom are nonetheless lively.

In a press release on his Twitter account, Federer wrote the Laver Cup in London, which will likely be performed from Sept. 23-25, would be the final skilled event he participates in. The 41-year-old tennis nice cited damage points as one of many fundamental causes he’ll cease enjoying.

“As a lot of you already know, the previous three years have offered me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures,” he wrote. “I’ve labored arduous to return to full aggressive type. However I additionally know my physique’s capacities and limits, and it is message to me these days has been clear… Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I have to acknowledge when it’s time to finish my aggressive profession.”

Federer added that whereas the Laver Cup will likely be his closing occasion on the ATP tour, he “will play extra tennis sooner or later,” however not “in Grand Slams or on the tour.” 

Federer was ranked world No. 1 for 310 weeks in his profession, and that features at one level for a report 237 consecutive weeks. He was solely 21 when he gained his first main singles Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2003. He went on to win that event seven extra instances, together with capturing it 5 instances in a row from 2003-2007.

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But it surely wasn’t simply Wimbledon that Federer dominated. He additionally gained the US Open 5 instances in a row from 2004 to 2008, six Australian Opens and one French Open.

“This can be a bittersweet resolution, as a result of I’ll miss every part the tour has given me,” Federer wrote. “However on the identical time, there may be a lot to rejoice. I contemplate myself one of the lucky folks on Earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a stage that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought doable.”

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