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Roger Federer announces he will retire from competitive tennis

Tennis legend Roger Federer introduced on Thursday that he will retire from the game after subsequent week’s Laver Cup in London. In a letter he posted on social media, the 41-year-old determined it was time to step away from the ATP Tour, the world’s prime tier for males’s tennis, citing challenges “in the form of injuries and surgeries.”

“I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form,” he mentioned. “But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.”

“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career,” he added. 

Known for his easy and sleek type of play on the courtroom, the Swiss nice gained 20 Grand Slam singles titles and is taken into account among the best to ever maintain a tennis racket. He mirrored on his outstanding career within the letter. 

“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” he mentioned. “But at the same time, there is much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought.”

Federer gained his first main singles title in 2003 on the age of 21 and went on to dominate the game together with fellow greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – the “Big Three” of tennis, acknowledged as one of the best three males’s gamers. The ATP also ranked him as No. 1 for 310 weeks, together with a document 237 consecutive weeks. Of his 20 Grand Slam singles victories, his most got here at Wimbledon, the place he gained a document eight occasions.

His most up-to-date Grand Slam last win was on the Australian Open in 2018. In current years, accidents derailed his comeback efforts.

Federer thanked his followers for the “strength and belief” they gave him all through his 24-year career.

“The inspiring feeling of walking into full stadiums and arenas has been one of the huge thrills of my life,” he mentioned. “Without you, those successes would have felt lonely, rather than filled with joy and energy.”

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