The sport of tennis is about to say goodbye to another one of its superstars. Roger Federer announced today he is retiring after next week’s Laver Cup team tournament in London.
The 41-year-old Swiss-born player tweeted a video this morning and said, “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 recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.” The 20-time Grand Slam champion had been dealing with multiple injuries over the past several years and says, “my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.”
Although Federer says he doesn’t intend to stop playing tennis, but will no longer compete in Grand Slam tournaments. He adds, “This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself 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.” (ESPN)
Written by: Tony Williams