Tennis legend Roger Federer has stated he’ll retire from aggressive tennis after subsequent week’s Laver Cup in London.
Federer, 41, is taken into account by many to be the best male participant to ever wield a tennis racket and who took the game to new heights throughout a profession that spanned greater than 20 years.
Federer, who gained 20 Grand Slam singles titles and redefined a sport together with his artistry and charm, delivered the information that tennis followers world wide had been dreading in a prolonged assertion on Thursday, Reuters reported.
“As a lot of , the final three years have introduced me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures,” Federer stated in an emotional assertion posted on Instagram.
“I’ve labored onerous to get again to full aggressive type. However I additionally know the capabilities and limits of my physique, and its message to me these days has been clear. I’ve 41 years previous.”
He stated: “I’ve performed greater than 1,500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has handled me extra generously than I may have ever dreamed of, and now I have to acknowledge when it’s time to finish my aggressive profession. The Laver Cup subsequent week in London will likely be my final ATP occasion. I’ll play extra tennis sooner or later, in fact, however not at Grand Slams or on tour.”
“This can be a bittersweet resolution, as a result of I’ll miss every little thing the tour has given me,” Federer added.
“However on the similar time, there’s a lot to have fun. I think about myself one of many luckiest folks on Earth.”
“I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a stage I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought attainable.”