Twenty-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer has announced his retirement from Tennis at age 41.
Federer will play his last professional game in next week’s Laver Cup in London, the Ryder Cup-style competition.
Announcing his retirement in a statement posted on his social media handles on Thursday, the Swiss tennis player said his body’s capacity has dwindled considerably and it was time to end his competitive career.
“To my tennis family and beyond, of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. 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. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour,” he added.
Federer’s announcement came weeks after Serena Williams also quit tennis to focus on her family.