Swiss top tennis player Roger Federer announces he is leaving the sport

Tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday after a 24-year career, the Swiss player announced in a letter on Twitter.

Federer said the Laver Cup will be his last ATP event in London next week. He has had multiple injuries and surgeries and says he knows the “capabilities and limits of his body”. He posted a recording that he himself reads the letter.

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“Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career,” Federer read. “Of course I will play more tennis, but not in Grand Slams or on the tour.”

He holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number 1 with 237, and the record for oldest player at number 1, at 36 in 2018. The 41-year-old is a 20-time Grand Slam champion. He played more than 1,500 games, in which the ATP recorded 11,478 aces.

“This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the happiest people on the planet.”

He turned pro as a teenager and established legendary rivalries with other greats such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

In the emotional letter, he thanked his wife Mirka, his parents, his sister and his business team. Federer has over $130 million in career earnings. His sponsors include Wilson, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo, Moet Hennessey and Credit Suisse.

At the US Open in late August, he referred to the possibility of his retirement, saying it was “almost time to retire — but not yet.” After that, his statement went down as “a total joke,” according to NBC Sports.

Federer did not disclose his plans after his retirement, but he closed the letter with the words: “Finally, to the tennis game: I love you and will never leave you.”

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