To my tennis household and past, of all the items that tennis has given me over the years, the best, definitely, has been the folks I’ve met alongside the means: my buddies, my rivals, and most of all the followers who give the sport its life.
Today, I need to share some information with all of you. As many of you understand, the previous three years have introduced me with challenges in the type of accidents and surgical procedures.
I’ve labored laborious to return to full aggressive type. But I additionally know my physique’s capability and limits, and its message to me currently has been clear.
I’m 41 years outdated. I’ve performed greater than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I have to recognise when it is time to finish my aggressive career.
The Laver Cup in London subsequent week will likely be my closing ATP occasion. I’ll play extra tennis in the future, of course, however simply not in Grand Slams or on the tour.
This is a bittersweet resolution, as a result of I’ll miss every thing the tour has given me. But at the similar time, there is a lot to have fun. I think about myself one of the most lucky folks on Earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a stage that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought potential.
I wish to particularly thank my wonderful spouse Mirka, who has lived via each minute with me. She has warmed me up earlier than finals, watched numerous matches even whereas over 8-months pregnant, and has endured my goofy aspect on the street with my staff for over 20 years.
I additionally need to thank my 4 fantastic kids for supporting me, all the time desperate to discover new locations and creating fantastic reminiscences alongside the means.
Seeing my household cheering me on from the stands is a sense I’ll cherish eternally.
I’d additionally wish to thank and acknowledge my loving dad and mom and my expensive sister, with out whom nothing could be potential. An enormous thanks to all my former coaches who all the time guided me in the proper route. you may have been fantastic. And to Swiss Tennis, who believed in me as a younger participant and gave me a perfect begin.
I actually need to thank and acknowledge my wonderful staff, Ivan, Dani, Roland, and notably Seve and Pierre, who’ve given me the greatest recommendation and have all the time been there for me. Also Tony, for creatively managing my business for over 17 years.
You are all unimaginable and I’ve cherished each minute with you.
I need to thank my loyal sponsors, who’re actually like companions to me; and the hard-working groups and tournaments on the ATP Tour, who persistently welcomed all of you with kindness and hospitality.
I’d additionally wish to thank my rivals on the courtroom. I used to be fortunate sufficient to play so many epic matches that I’ll always remember. We battled pretty, with ardour and depth, and I all the time tried my greatest to respect the historical past of the sport. I really feel extraordinarily grateful.
We pushed one another, and collectively we took tennis to new ranges. Above all I have to supply a particular thanks to my unbelievable followers. You won’t ever understand how a lot power and perception you may have given me. The inspiring feeling of strolling into full stadiums and arenas has been one of the big thrills in my life. Without you, these successes would have felt lonely, slightly than crammed with pleasure and power.
The final 24 years on tour have been an unimaginable journey. While it generally feels prefer it glided by in 24 hours, it has additionally been so deep and magical that it appears as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime.
I’ve had the immense fortune to play in entrance of you in over 40 completely different international locations. I’ve laughed and cried, felt pleasure and ache, and most of all I’ve felt extremely alive.
Through my travels, I’ve met many fantastic individuals who will stay buddies for all times, who persistently took trip of their busy schedules to return watch me play and cheer me on round the globe. Thank you.
When my love of tennis began, I used to be a bull child in my hometown of Basel. I used to look at the gamers with a way of marvel. They have been like giants to me and I started to dream. My desires led me to work more durable and I began to consider in myself. Some success introduced me confidence and I used to be on my approach to the most wonderful journey that has led to today.
So, I need to thanks all from the backside of my coronary heart, to everybody round the world who has helped make the desires of a younger Swiss ball child come true.
Finally, to the sport of tennis: I like you and can by no means go away you.