In just a matter of weeks, both Serena Williams and Roger Federer announced their retirement from tennis.
Williams left the door open after a surprise run at the US Open, but Federer appears to have shut the door in a social media post.
Federer was the first of three men to dominate this era of tennis – namely, one player alongside Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. All three are fierce competitors on the court, but they seem to get along with it.
At the age of 41, the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion has revealed he will be stopping after next week’s Laver Cup in London due to major injury challenges. Federer attempted to return to the US Open, but failed in part due to his injury.
“Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I must realize the time is right to end my competitive career,” Federer said. “Next week’s Laver Cup in London will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not just at a Grand Slam or on the Tour.”
How many Grand Slams did Roger Federer win?
Federer has won 20 Grand Slams, his third all-time behind Djokovic and Nadal, who continue to add more to their aggregates as their tennis careers conclude. His last major slam win was the 2018 Australian Open. Federer dominated his era, winning eight Wimbledon titles, in addition to his career in Grand Slams.
The tennis world reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement
Tennis fans alike have praised Federer, an all-time great player who has helped grow the sport as a whole.