Tennis legend Roger Federer has announced his retirement from ATP competitions permanently.
Federer stated in a lengthy statement through his personal accounts that the Dever Cup, scheduled for next week, will be his last professional appearance.
Federer thanked his family, friends, competitors, sponsors and fans for their support throughout his phenomenal career.
Federer said in his farewell message:
“Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest without a doubt have been the people I have met along the way: my friends, my competitors and above all the fans who give life to the sport. Today I would like to share news with you.
As most of you know, the past three years have challenged me with injuries and difficulties, I have worked hard to get back to the competitive level, but I also know the limits and capabilities of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear. I’m 41, I’ve played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years, tennis has been much more generous to me than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I must know the time to end my career.
cup Laver next week will be my last professional tennis appearance. I will play more tennis in the future, but not in Grand Slams or ATP.
This is both a bittersweet decision, because I’m going to miss everything that tours have given me ATP, but at the same time there is a lot to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth, endowed with the special ability to play tennis, and I’ve practiced it at a level I couldn’t have imagined for much longer than I thought.
I would like to thank my wonderful wife Mirka in particular who lived every minute with me, helped me warm up before the finals, watched countless matches even while she was eight months pregnant, and put up with my goofy side with my team for over 20 years.
I would also like to thank my four wonderful children for their support, seeing my family support me from the stands is a feeling I will treasure forever.
I also thank and confess my wonderful parents, and my dear sister, without whom nothing would have been possible. Thank you to all my former coaches who have always guided me in the right direction, you have been fantastic, as well as Swiss tennis who believed in me from a young age and gave me a perfect start.
I also thank my wonderful team: Evan, Danny, Roland, and especially Seif and Pierre who gave me the best advice and were always there for me. So too is Tony, who has creatively run my business for over 17 years. You are all amazing, I loved every minute of working with you.
I also thank all my loyal sponsors who have been my partners and are responsible for organizing in tournaments ATP who always welcomed us with great hospitality.
I thank my opponents on the field, I was fortunate enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought with fairness, with a lot of passion and intensity, and I always tried as hard as I could to respect the history of the game, I am incredibly grateful, we pushed each other, and we took tennis together to another level.
Above all, I have to give a special thank you to the amazing fans, you will never realize how much strength and faith I’ve gained thanks to you, entering packed stadiums was exciting and inspiring. Without you, I would have felt lonely with these successes, but in return they were achieved mixed with joy and energy.
The last 24 years in my career have been amazing, sometimes I feel like it’s been 24 hours, but it’s also been very deep and magical and I’ve really lived a full life. I was fortunate to play in more than 40 countries, I laughed and cried, I felt joy and pain, but above all I felt so alive.
Over the course of my travels, I have met so many wonderful people who will be my forever friends, who always find time in their busy schedules to watch me play and cheer me on everywhere in the world, thank you.
When my love for tennis began, I was a ball collector in my home city of Basel, I used to watch the players as if they were outside, they were giants to me and that’s when I started dreaming. My dream pushed me to work harder and I started believing in myself. And some success gave me more confidence and opened the door to a wonderful journey to this day.
And so, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, everyone around the world who helped realize the dreams of a small Swiss ball collector.
Finally, to tennis: I love you, and I will never leave you.
Federer (41 years) won during his career 20 titles in the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Federer’s Grand Slam titles are as follows:
- Wimbledon 2003
- Australia 2004
- Wimbledon 2004
- America 2004
- Wimbledon 2005
- America 2005
- Australia 2006
- WebMD 2006
- America 2006
- Australia 2007
- WebMD 2007
- America 2007
- America 2008
- Roland Garros 2009
- Changes 2009
- Australia 2010
- 2012 changes
- Australia 2017
- Changes 2017
- Australia 2018
Federer also lost 10 other Grand Slam finals, most recently Wimbledon 2019.
Federer won the ATP Final Stage 6 times in his career.
He won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Federer holds several Guinness World Records, most notably being the first man to win 100 matches in a Grand Slam tournament.
He is also the most decorated Wimbledon champion and the first man to reach the final of one of the 10 major tournaments.
Federer is the oldest player in history to top the world rankings, and he has won the most matches in Grand Slam tournaments in history.
During his career, Federer earned a total of $130,594,339 in prize money.
Federer won 1,251 matches during his career, while losing 275, with a success rate of 82%.
Federer won a total of 103 titles, most recently Miami in 2019.