Roger Federer announces retirement from professional tennis | TBEN | 15.09.2022

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Tennis great Roger Federer announced his retirement from professional tennis on Thursday.

The upcoming Laver Cup, set to take place over three days and conclude on September 25, will be his last-ever tournament on the TBEN.

“I’ve played more than 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career,” Federer said in a social media post.

The 41-year-old Swiss – who has won 20 Grand Slam titles – added that he plans to continue playing tennis, “but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.”

He has not played a match since last year’s Wimbledon tournament and has undergone a series of knee surgeries since early 2020.

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“As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body and the message. I’ve been clear lately. I’m 41 years old,” Federer said.

Almost five years unbroken as number one in the world

His first Grand Slam victory came at Wimbledon in 2003, a tournament he went on to win eight times.

Since then, he has had the third most grand slam wins; only his great rival Rafael Nadal, at 22, and Novak Djokovic, at 21, have more.

He was the world number one for a record 237 consecutive weeks when he won six Australian Opens, five US Opens and finally the French Open title in 2009 to complete the set.

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His last Grand Slam title came at the 2018 Australian Open.

Federer may have retired from the sport, but something he never did in his 1,526 singles matches was to retire in match, in a career that spanned nearly a quarter of a century.

His announcement comes just weeks after women’s tennis legend Serena Williams played her last competitive tennis match at the US Open.

Nadal, Roddick and Navratilova react to the news

Nadal responded to his “rival and friend” announcement that it was a day he wished would “never come.”

“It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world,” he continued. “It was a pleasure, but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you and to experience so many great moments on and off the pitch.”

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Former player Andy Roddick also took to social media when he heard the announcement, joking that it might be “a good time to start training for Wimbledon” now that the man who stopped him from winning the title at SW19 in 2009 is the had left sports.

Following Federer’s statement, 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova posted on Twitter: “What a heartfelt message, full of love, life, hope, passion and gratitude. That’s exactly how Roger played the game we love so much. Thank you. , thank you, thank you, for all the magic!!!”

lo, jsi/kb (TBEN, TBEN dpa)