Roger Federer announces his retirement

At 41 years of age, Roger Federer has just announced that he is bringing his career as a professional player to a close.

Roger Federer / Roland-Garros 2019©Nicolas Gouhier / FFT
 - Romain Vinot

After 1,526 matches played on the professional tour and 103 titles, including 20 Grand Slams, Roger Federer has decided to put an end to his playing career. The 2009 Roland-Garros champion announced his decision today on social media, saying that the Laver Cup would be his last official appearance.

“I know my body’s capacities and limits”

After Serena Williams’ swansong at the US Open, the tennis world is preparing to say a fond farewell to another legendary player. In a long message published on his Twitter account, Roger Federer explained that he will bring his illustrious career to an end after the Laver Cup, which will take place in London from 23rd to 25th September. Having injured his right knee and undergone several operations, the man from Basel has not competed in any official tournaments since losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2021.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he began. “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 recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.”

“Together we took tennis to new levels”

After thanking his wife, Mirka, his children, his family and his entourage for being at his side for so many years, Roger also had an affectionate word to say to his fellow players. “I would also like to thank my competitors on the court. I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.”

Beyond his outstanding honours list (103 titles, 20 Grand Slams, 6 Masters, 28 Masters 1000, one Davis Cup, two Olympic medals, 310 weeks as World No.1), Roger Federer truly made his mark on the discipline and is leaving behind an outstanding legacy.

Roger Federer  / Roland-Garros 2009©Eric Della Torre / FFT

After 24 years playing at elite level, the man who many consider to be the greatest player of all time rounded off his message with a touch of nostalgia, “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.

“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.

“Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

As the first tributes begin to flood in on social media, there is no doubt that over the next few days the tennis world will seize the opportunity to honour this legendary player.

Roger Federer / Roland-Garros 2019 ©Cédric Lecocq / FFT