Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, will retire from top-level tennis after the Laver Cup in London this month.
Swiss Federer, 41, has not played at Wimbledon since 2021, after undergoing a third knee operation.
“Lately the body’s message to me has been clear,” Federer said.
“I have played over 1,500 games in 24 years. Now I have to recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
He added: “To the game of tennis, I love you and I will never leave you.”
Federer has struggled with a knee problem for the past three years, which has limited him to just three of the 11 Grand Slams he has played since the start of 2020.
He has not played a competitive match since losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last summer.
He then announced that he needed more surgery on his knee, having previously undergone two surgeries in 2020.
Only Spain’s Rafael Nadal, with 22 majors, and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, with 21, have more men’s Grand Slam singles titles than Federer.
“It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” added Federer.
“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 for a long time I did it at a level I never imagined. than I ever imagined.”
In addition to thanking his family, support team and fans, Federer also thanked his opponents from a golden era of the men’s game.
“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 feel incredibly grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.”
Federer made his professional debut at the age of 16 in 1998 and won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003.
He ends his career with a record eight men’s singles victories at the All England Club.
Federer’s last Grand Slam victory came at the 2018 Australian Open when, at the age of 36, he became the second oldest man to win a major singles title in the Open era.
After reaching the world number one for the first time in 2004, he spent 310 weeks as the top player on the ATP Tour in his career, until the record was surpassed by Djokovic in February 2021.
The announcement of her retirement comes less than two weeks after she defeated 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. which will be the last match of his career at the US Open.
Where Federer won his Grand Slam titles
Federer is the most successful male grass-court player of all time following his unprecedented success at Wimbledon, his most recent victory at the All England Club in 2017.
The Australian Open was the next most successful major for the Swiss, who won six titles at Melbourne Park between 2004 and 2018.
He won five consecutive US Open titles between 2004 and 2008, with his only French Open victory coming in 2009.
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