Roger Federer Announces ‘Bittersweet’ Retirement From Tennis

Roger Federer.
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The end is near. Roger FedererHe announced his retirement from tennis after his appearance at this month’s Laver Cup.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” the athlete, 41, wrote in an emotional letter shared via Instagram on Thursday, September 15. “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.”

The 20-time Grand Slam winner continued: “I am 41 years old. I have played over 1,500 matches in 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.”

The native of Switzerland said that his final event with ATP Tour would be the Laver Cup, which will start in London on Friday, September 23. “I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour,” he added. “This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. There is so much to be proud of. I consider myself one 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.”

The Olympic gold medalist also thanked the wife. Mirka Federer, and the couple’s four children for their support over the years. The couple, who were married in 2009, have two sets of twins: Myla (13-year-old) and Charlene (13-year-old), 8.

“Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever,” the five-time U.S. Open winner wrote.

Roger has one the best competitive records in tennis history. However he also mentioned that the past several years have been affected by a variety of health issues. After two knee surgeries in 2020, Roger returned to tennis in the following year, but withdrew from the Australian Open as well as the French Open while he was recovering. In August 2021, he had another knee operation and later withdrew from U.S. Open.

The tennis great’s decision to retire comes weeks after Serena WilliamsAnother great player in the sport, Alicia, announced that she would also retire from pro tennis after the U.S. Open concluded earlier this year.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist, aged 40, shared the news in September’s cover story VogueShe explained that her husband and she were the reason. Alexis OhanianThey are looking to expand their family. The couple welcomed Olympia, their daughter, in October 2017.

“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family,” Williams wrote in her essay. “I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. … I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”