The iconic Roger Federer has announced he is retiring from professional tennis. The 41-year-old confirmed on Thursday that his illustrious career will come to a close following the Laver Cup in London, which is scheduled to be held at the 02 next weekend.
Federer is the sixth most successful tennis player of all time. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been struggling with a knee problem for the last three years.
Federer posted : “To my tennis family and beyond. Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form.
“But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.