Roger Federer has announced his retirement from the ATP Tour and the Grand Slams

“I’m 41 years old. I’ve played over 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I have to admit when it’s time to end my competitive career,” 20-. time grand slam winner said in an Instagram post.

The final years of Federer’s career have been hampered by injuries, with two knee surgeries in 2020 and another following his defeat by Hubert Hurkacz in the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals.

“As many of you know, the last three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he said. “I’ve worked hard to get back to full competitive fitness. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limitations, and lately the message for me has been clear.”

Federer’s long streak saw him join 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, with whom he has dominated men’s tennis for the past two decades.

“I also want to thank the competitors on the court,” Federer said.

“I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought fair, with passion and intensity, and I always tried to respect the history of the game. I am extremely grateful.”

Despite playing alongside two of the greatest players of all time, Federer has broken several records, including becoming the oldest ever world number one at 36 and holding the top spot for 237 consecutive weeks.

Among his many accolades, Federer won a career grand slam: the Australian Open six times, the French Open once, the US Open five times, and Wimbledon — the tournament synonymous with him — a record eight times.

“It’s a bittersweet decision because I’m going to miss everything that touring has given me,” he said. “But at the same time, there is a lot to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, for a long time. than I thought.”

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