Absolute shock and surprise in the tennis world. Roger Federer put an end to his career as a professional tennis player. Through social networks he announced that the Laver Cup will be his last competition.
“As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said. “I’ve worked hard to get back to full competitive shape. But I also know the capabilities and limits of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear.”
“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
“Next week in London will be my last event. I will play more tennis matches in the future but not at a Grand Slam or on Tour.”
“This is a bittersweet decision, because I’m going to miss everything the circuit has given me. But at the same time, there’s a lot to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth,” he confessed. “I was given a special talent to play tennis and I did it at a level I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.”
At 41 years old, with 20 Grand Slam titles, 103 ATP titles, a bronze medal in the Olympics in singles and gold in doubles, a Davis Cup and 6 ATP Finals, a glory of world sport is going through the big door.
The Swiss communicated his goodbye through a published letter in which he has words of recognition for his family, as well as for fans, sponsors and rivals.
Unable to recover from the injury to his right knee, the Swiss will say goodbye after “a wonderful adventure”, but after the last three years that have been “challenging in the form of injuries and surgeries”.