Sports Desk, Sep 15 (EFE).- Swiss tennis player Roger Federer announced Thursday his retirement from the sport in what he called a “bittersweet decision.”
“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 dear. I am 41 years old,” the tennis great said on social media.
The tennis player has undergone three knee surgeries in the last two years.
Federer said the Laver Cup in London next week would be his last ATP event, adding that he will continue to play tennis in the future but not in Grand Slams or in the Tour.
“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
The Swiss tennis player has played over 1,500 competitive matches in 24 years.
“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” he said, adding that he considered himself “one of the most fortunate people on Earth.”
“I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible,” he added.
Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles and is considered one of the best tennis players in the world.
He won his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2003. His last competitive match was a quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2021 in which he was defeated by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.