Today is a sad day for tennis fans. Roger Federer announced his retirement from activity. The 41-year-old tennis legend will end his career next week when he contests the Laver Cup in London.
Knee injuries have not left him alone in recent times, where he even disappeared from the ATP ranking. His last participation in a tournament was in wimbledon 2021. All this prompted him to put an end to a brilliant career, in which he knew how to be number one in the world for 310 weeks, of which 237 were consecutive, setting a record that remains to this day. His record counts 20 Grand Slams, 103 ATP titles in total, an Olympic gold medal in doubles and 1,251 wins and just 275 losses.
“Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, It’s been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors and most of all the fans of all the fans who bring this sport to life.”began by pointing Roger Federer in the missive.
“Today I want to share a piece of news with all of you. As 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 my competitive form, but the capabilities and the limits of my body have sent me a message and it has been clear”, stated the Swiss tennis player.
“I have 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me in a more generous way than I could have dreamed of, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career”, he explained Roger Federer, born in Basel in 1981. And he added: “The Laver Cup will be my last ATP event.”
“It’s a bittersweet decision because I’m going to miss everything the circuit gave me. But at the same time, there are many things to celebrate. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people on earth. They gave me the special talent to play tennis and I did it at a level that I never imagined for longer than I had projected.he reflected.
Roger Federer He also had words for his wife, whom he thanked for her support: “I would like to thank you especially to my wonderful wife Mirkawho accompanied me every minute. It helped warm me up before finals, watched countless games even when I was eight months pregnant, and solidified the support of my staff. Also thank my wonderful four children for supporting me, always ready to explore new places and creating beautiful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling that I will always cherish”.
Along the same lines, he recognized the contribution of the rest of his family and the tennis authorities of his country. “I also want to thank and acknowledge to my dear parents and my sister, without them nothing would have been possible. A huge thank you to the trainers who always steered me in the right direction… They did a wonderful job! To the Swiss Tennis Federation, for believing in me from a very young age and giving me an ideal start”, he pointed out.
In 2019, within the framework of his visit to Chile, the swiss spoke with Sporting about how he imagined the day after his retirement. “Occupied. Normally, you’d think it’s going to be quieter, but it’s going to be busy because I’m going to have to explain why I pulled out. I am at peace with retirement or whatever that means. I don’t know when it will be, how it will be, or where, but I am sure that my life after tennis will be calm, with fewer trips, less agenda. That’s a good thing, because I love to do other things; doing things with my foundation, seeing my friends, spending time with my children and my wife, organizing outings. Maybe come to visit Chile one day. These are things that I have not had time to do in these 20 years in which I have spent chasing the yellow tennis ball. I am waiting for that moment, but not yet, ”he acknowledged.