Roger Federer announced Thursday that he is retiring from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup, revealing his decision on social media.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said.
“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 recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
He said he intends to keep playing tennis, “but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.” Federer had not played a competitive match since reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2021 and had announced in mid-August that he had had knee surgery.
“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” Federer said. “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, Nadal and Djokovic, along with Andy Murray, are set to play together for the first time when they compete Sept. 23-25 as part of Team Europe at the Laver Cup in London.
To my tennis family and beyond,
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022