Roger Federer retiring from professional tennis

Federer has not competed since Wimbledon in 2021. His next tournament, scheduled in London next week, will be his farewell to professional tennis.

WASHINGTON — Swiss tennis star Roger Federer announced Thursday that he is retiring from professional tennis after a tournament next week in London.

Federer is 41 and has won 20 Grand Slam titles.

He announced his resignation on Twitterby sending a letter to fans thanking his family, coaches and team.

“Of all the gifts tennis has given me over the years, without a doubt the greatest have been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors and most importantly, the fans who give the sport its gifts to life ‘ Federer wrote.

Federer’s last match ever came on July 7, 2021 when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3 7-6(4) 6-0 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Center Court.

Shortly after, Federer underwent surgery to repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage in his right knee – his third surgery on that knee in 1 1/2 years.

He cited those surgeries in the letter as part of his decision to end his career.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he wrote. “I’ve been working hard to get back into full competitive shape. But I also know my body’s capacities and limitations, and its message to me has been clear lately. I am 41 years old. I played more than 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed and now I have to realize when it’s time to end my competitive career.”

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Federer’s farewell event will be the Laver Cup in London next week. This is a team event run by its management company.

He had also announced that he would be returning to tournament action at the Swiss Indoors in October.

The news comes just days after the US Open ended in what was expected to be the final tournament of 23-time Major champion Serena Williams’ career.

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