Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 6, 2015 in London, England. .
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Tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport after 24 years on Thursday, the Swiss player announced in a letter posted on Twitter.
Federer said next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP event. He has suffered many injuries and surgeries and says he knows “the body’s capabilities and limitations.” He He posted a recording Reading the letter itself.
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“Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have imagined, and now I must know when it is time to retire,” Federer read. “Of course I play a lot of tennis, but not at the Grand Slams or on the tour.”
He holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 at 237, and the oldest player at No. 1 in 2018 at 36. The 41-year-old is a 20-time Grand Slam champion. He played more than 1,500 matches, during which he recorded 11,478 ATP aces.
“It’s a bittersweet decision, because I miss everything the tour has given me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time, there is a lot to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth.”
He turned professional as a teenager and developed strong rivalries with greats like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
In his emotional letter, he thanked his wife Mirka, his parents, his sister and his business team. Federer boasts over $130 million in career earnings. Sponsors include Wilson, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo, Moët Hennessy and Credit Suisse.
“It’s almost time to retire — but not yet,” he said, referring to the possibility of retiring at the U.S. Open in late August. He later dismissed his statement as a “total joke.” According to NBC Sports.
Federer did not reveal his plans after retirement, but he concluded the letter by saying, “Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and I will never leave you.”