20-time Major champion Roger Federer announces retirement, Laver Cup to be his 'final ATP event'
Regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer on September 15 (Thursday) announced that he will be retiring from professional tennis after competing in next week's Laver Cup. The Swiss Maestro announced his decision on his official Twitter handle where he posted a statement that said, “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.”
Federer decided to walk away from competitive tennis at the age of 41.
“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,” Federer said in a statement.
"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.
The former World No.1 has been battling a knee problem for the last three years and that has definitely played a big role in his decision. The Laver Cup in London next week (September 23-25) will now be Federer's swansong.