Roger Federer has announced that he will retire from competitive tennis after the 2022 Laver Cup.
Federer shared the news on social media on Thursday afternoon having endured a long struggle with injuries and confirmed that he will not play any further Grand Slams or compete further on the ATP Tour.
Having racked up 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the Swiss will make a no-doubt emotional farewell at the Laver Cup – an event he has been instrumental in establishing.
Federer said in his statement:
“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 1500 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.”
To my tennis family and beyond,
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022