Roger Federer Announces His Retirement From Tennis

By  Dillon Burroughs

Sep 16, 2022

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Tennis legend Roger Federer announced on Thursday that he is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 41.

Federer shared the news in a written statement and a video on social media, marking the end of the career of one of the sport’s top athletes.

“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,” Federer shared.

The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles noted injuries and age as factors behind his 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,” Federer said. “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 1,500 matches over 24 years.”

His final match will include Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray competing with Team Europe on September 23-25 at the London Laver Cup.

“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour,” he revealed.

The tennis great called his retirement “a bittersweet decision,” saying he would miss “everything the tour has given me,” but also looked forward to time to “celebrate” other areas of life.

Federer’s titles rank third among men, behind only Nadal (22) and Djokovic (21). He is also the oldest men’s tennis professional to be ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings at 36 years old in 2018, according to ESPN.

In 2009, Federer won the Roland-Garros to achieve a coveted Grand Slam. He also won eight championships at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the U.S. Open, and one at the French Open.

Federer thanked his wife, Mirka, also a tennis player, in his retirement statement, which ended with a message to his fans and supporters.

“So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true,” he wrote. “Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

MARTIN SAMUEL: Roger Federer played with such grace that his matches belonged on the culture pages… he had a ruthless mean streak but made it all look like the flourish of a brush on a canvas

By Martin Samuel – Sport for the Daily Mail

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Statistically, Roger Federer does not retire as one of the two greatest tennis players to have graced the game. If Margaret Court is better than Serena Williams, then Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic are an improvement on Federer.

He hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the 2018 Australian Open, hasn’t reached the last four since 2020. His last set of Grand Slam tennis ended in a 6-0 reverse at Wimbledon in 2021.

Yet we know all of this is illusionary. With Federer’s retirement, tennis has lost its greatest artist, a protagonist unlike any other, a man who elevated sport until it became almost highbrow.

At his best, Federer in full flow felt like his matches should be reviewed on the culture pages, away from the sweat and effort of the sporting arena. Comically, the man himself never seemed to break into anything as unseemly as a sweat. His opponents would toil, yet he remained sublimely aloof.

Not in reality, of course. Federer’s true art was making his dedication and determination — and a very mean streak of ruthlessness — look like effortless flow. He shared epic, almost endless, gladiatorial battles against the best of the best in an era competitive and draining like never before, and all while apparently unflappable.

He announced himself on Centre Court by toppling the master across five sets. In 2001, Federer, 19, defeated Pete Sampras in the fourth round on what is traditionally known as Manic Monday. 

Sampras would never win Wimbledon again, his era of domination stopped at seven titles. In 2017, Federer would make it eight with a straight sets win over Marin Cilic, clinching the record. He would beat the Croatian again at the Australian Open the next year, the 20th and last of his singles titles.

He announced himself in 2001, when Federer, 19, defeated Pete Sampras at Wimbledon

‘The champions’ champion,’ announced Billie Jean King on Thursday, perhaps grasping for superlatives after exhausting ‘greatest of all time’ for Serena Williams in New York little more than a week ago. She described him as having the most complete game of his generation and nobody denied it.

However you wanted it played, Federer could play it. He could go on the attack or defend for his life. He was elegant, almost delicate, then crushingly powerful. 

He was quick on his feet, with another few metres in his brain. He was tactically astute and pounced on every chance. His forehand was arguably the greatest the game has seen.

And when Nadal made his lone slip, in the 2009 French Open, it was Federer who took advantage, beating the Spaniard’s conqueror, Robin Soderling, in the final. Federer had lost the previous three finals at Roland Garros to the master of clay, but it was this that gave him his career slam. The other Slams, at his peak, he dominated.

Since then, Federer would go on to elevated the sport beyond the realms of athleticism

Since then, Federer would go on to elevated the sport beyond the realms of athleticism

In the four years between 2004 and 2007, he won every Wimbledon, every US Open and three out of four Australian Opens. He won Wimbledon six out of seven years between 2003 and 2009, his early style owing more than a little to that of ‘Pistol Pete’ Sampras, not least his fabulous serve.

Like Sampras, he could be pragmatic when necessary but that is not how fans will remember him. To them, Federer could do no wrong. He inspired loyalty and fervour, the way nations do, often turning a partisan crowd against one of their own, such was his popularity.

Watching him was a pleasure, a rare joy. He was on a par with Lionel Messi, with Sachin Tendulkar, in elevating his sport beyond the realms of athleticism. The same words recur in tributes paid by contemporaries — elegance, grace, poise, beauty, not language typically associated with sport.

Federer in full flow felt like his matches should be reviewed on the culture pages

Yet it was those attributes that set Federer apart. And it still takes a physical toll even if at times Federer played as if he was gliding. 

In 24 years, across 1,526 matches, Federer never gave in, never retired through injury. But by the end, at 41, he admitted his body was sending him painful messages. He had missed the last five Slams. It was plain the time had come.

When she issued her retirement notice, Serena Williams implied that had she been born male, she could have gone on and on. But that isn’t true. Federer played through the birth of two sets of twins — and Williams has a point there — but 41 in elite sport is 41, no matter your gender. 

Federer knows it is time to go gracefully. In true, crowd-pleasing style he will afford his fans one last look, at the Laver Cup in London next week.

And in the coming days there will be much said about his genius, his artistry, about the most beautiful game.

Yet sport is prosaic, too. So here it is, the statistical deluge. Federer won 103 career titles from Milan in 2001 to Basel in 2019. 

He reached 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, won 1,251 times on the ATP tour, spent 237 consecutive weeks at No 1, was the oldest player to be ranked No 1, won 65 consecutive matches on grass, won 24 consecutive ATP finals and won 369 Grand Slam matches.

And the greatest achievement of all? He made it all look like the flourish of a brush on canvas. What a player he was, and what an artist.

Nick Kyrgios pays classy tribute to Roger Federer after announcement


Nick Kyrgios has joined the sporting world in singing Roger Federer’s praises after the 41-year-old announced his retirement from tennis.

Federer’s announcement that he will play his last game at the ATP Laver Cup event, which starts next week, sparked an outpouring of praise and tributes from around the world.

The 41-year-old took tennis to new heights and will be remembered for his class and charisma on and off the court, but also his elegant playing style that captured the hearts of tennis purists.

Rafa Nadal was quick to pay his respects to the icon with the pair taking tennis to new heights.

Novak Djokovic followed with a classy tribute to the 20-time grand slam champion.

Now, Kyrgios has joined in on the praise.

Kyrgios kept it short but pointed out Federer’s unique character, which was part of the reason the sporting world adored with the Swiss maestro.

“No one will ever play the game like you,” Kyrgios wrote.

Kyrgios, who’s never hidden how he believes Federer was even better than Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the big three, added on his Instagram post: “Enjoy it @rogerfederer …… was an honour.”

The Australian pulled out of the Laver Cup, which will be Federer’s last event, after acknowledging that he wanted to return home and see his parents and family.

Kyrgios loves playing for the ‘world’ team against Europe’s best and had previously played Federer three times in the three-day competition – losing on each occasion.

Nick Kyrgios praises Roger Federer after Wimbledon

After his Wimbledon final defeat by Djokovic, Kyrgios had noted: “He doesn’t make you feel as bad as Federer does at times.

“I think Federer, out of the three guys, can make you feel really bad, like he makes you want to leave the court. He can make things seem really quick and that the court’s really small.”

Djokovic will be part of Team Europe’s side in the event which starts next Friday, alongside the Serbian Wimbledon champ, Nadal and Andy Murray, who are reuniting one last time.

Djokovic joined in on the chorus of praise and paid tribute to the legend that transcended the sport of tennis.

“Roger it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together,” Djokovic said of Federer.

Novak Djokovic (pictured left) stands next to Roger Federer (pictured right) during a Wimbledon ceremony.
Novak Djokovic (pictured left) paid tribute to Roger Federer (pictured right) after he announced his retirement. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on. Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise.

“It’s an honour to know you on and off court, and for many years to come. I know that this new chapter will hold amazing things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones, and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to.

“From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, health, and prosperity in the future.”

Serena Williams also welcomed Federer to the “retirement club”, with his farewell to the sport coming so quickly after her extraordinary final bow at the US Open.

In his retirement news, Federer said, “I am 41 years old, I’ve played more than 1500 matches over 24 years, tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.

Expert Patrick McEnroe recently pointed out in a tweet that Roger Federer must have waited to announce his retirement news during the US Open so as to not take the spotlight away from the tournament. He then applauded Federer for this class act.

Federer has said in his letter, “When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day.”

Expert Patrick McEnroe recently pointed out in a tweet that Roger Federer must have waited to announce his retirement news during the US Open so as to not take the spotlight away from the tournament. He then applauded Federer for this class act.

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