Roger Federer Announces His Retirement From Tennis
Tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport Thursday morning in a letter to the tennis world that was published on his Twitter.
In the letter, Federer stated that the Laver Cup in London will be his final tournament as part of the ATP bringing an end to a remarkable career. The Laver Cup is a good tournament to end on as it will team him up with fellow Europeans Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
All three players have impacted Federer and forced him to continue improving his craft to compete with them.
Despite a vast number of injuries that have kept him out for a good chunk of the last three years I thought he would make one more trip to Wimbledon and retire there. There was nothing more special than Federer playing on the lawn of the All England Club as he was the best grasscourt player in history having won eight Wimbledon singles titles.
His 24-year career began in 1998 and seemed like it may never end. In that time the Swiss icon won 20 major open titles and became the sixth male player to complete the Career Grand Slam by winning all four major titles. Along with the eight Wimbledon titles, Federer won six Australian Opens, five straight US Opens, and a single French Open.
Federer’s impact on the sport of tennis will be hard to replicate. As a kid growing up it was always Federer and Nadal going back and forth and that never seemed like it was going to come to an end.
From his one-handed backhands to his silky suits on red carpets Federer just oozed class on and off the court. He could have been set up for the role of James Bond and no one would have batted an eye.
Federer’s departure comes just weeks after another legend of the sport, Serena Williams, announced her retirement following a third-round loss at the US Open earlier this month.
2022 was the first year in his professional career that he did not play in a single major with his last major being Wimbledon in 2021 when he fell to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinal.
All great things must come to an end and at 41 years old it was time for Federer to hang up his racquet and move on from tennis, where he inspired millions. Thank you for a magical career, it was an honor to watch you play. You have left the sport in a much better place than when you started.