Here is some huge tennis news for you.
Roger Federer, the Swiss marvel, has declared that he would retire from professional tennis following the conclusion of the Laver Cup in 2022!
On Thursday, the great tennis player released a lengthy message in which he revealed his retirement plans.
The Swiss tennis legend has announced that the forthcoming Laver Cup will be his final ATP tournament. Federer, who is in the twilight of his legendary tennis career, has struggled to compete in big tournaments in the last three years.
Whereas, his contemporary Rafael Nadal seems to have made a comeback.
Federer has played over 1500 matches in his trophy-laden career spanning 24 years.
“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 said in an emotional statement shared on Twitter.
“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 recognize 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.”
Federer, winner of 20-time Grand Slams, will retire from singles tennis at the 2022 Laver Cup. The Laver Cup is a men’s tennis tournament that is contested between teams from Europe and the rest of the world.
The fifth edition of the Laver Cup will be played on the indoor hard courts at The O2 Arena in London from 23 September to 25 September.
Federer has broken a slew of men’s singles records over the years. Federer, widely regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time, has won 20 Grand Slams and 103 career ATP titles since his debut.
Federer began his professional career in 1998, under the tutelage of Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi. Federer, 36, became the oldest World No. 1 in 2018. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has never retired in 1,526 singles matches.
In his career, the Swiss legend has played 223 doubles matches.
With no tennis scores to settle with anyone, Roger truly unchallenged will retire from the great game.
“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,” Federer added.