Roger Federer announces his retirement from professional tennis

Roger Federer announces his retirement from professional tennis

Roger Federer, champion of 20 Grand Slam tournaments, announced at 41, that he will leave professional tennis after playing next week the make the cup. The Swiss, considered one of the best tennis players in history, great rival of Rafael Nadal there Novak Djokovicas well as those who formed the so-called “Big Three”, communicated through their networks with a heartfelt letter that they will stop competing on the ATP Tour after their final tournament in London next week.

Roger Federer’s letter, in full:

“Of all the gifts tennis has given me over the past few years, it’s definitely all the people I’ve met along the way. Friends, rivals and the fans the sport has given me in this life. Today I want to share some news with you all.

“As many of you know, over the past three years I have faced many challenges due to injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to get back to the best competitive form, but i also know the capabilities of my body and my limits and this is the message that my body gave me I am 41 years old I have played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of. And now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.

“Next week’s Laver Cup in London will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but it won’t be at the Grand Slam or on the ATP Tour.”

“It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me, but at the same time there is a lot to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, and for longer than I thought possible.

“I want to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who lived every minute with me. She tucked me in before the final, she watched countless games even when she was 8 months pregnant. I also want to thank my four wonderful children, who have always been supportive of me, eager to explore new places and make wonderful memories on this journey.To see my family supporting me from the stands is a feeling I will forever cherish.

“I would also like to thank and greet my dear parents and my dear sister, without whom this would not have been possible. A huge thank you to my former coaches, who always guided me in the right direction. You were great! the Swiss Tennis (Swiss Federation) who believed in me as a young player and gave me an ideal start. I really want to thank and recognize my wonderful team: Ivan, Dani, Roland and especially Seve and Pierre who gave the best advice and were always there for me. Also to Tony for managing my career so creatively for 17 years. You are all amazing and I loved every minute with you.

“I want to thank my loyal sponsors, who have truly been partners. And the really hard working teams and tournaments on the ATP Tour, who welcome us all with kindness and hospitality. I also want to thank my rivals on the pitch I was blessed with many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought fairly, with passion and intensity. I have always done my best to respect the history of this sport. I am extremely grateful. We pushed each other and together we are taking tennis to new levels.

“Above all, I must especially thank my amazing fans. You will never know the great strength and confidence you have given me, the inspiring feeling of walking through crowded stadiums and halls. It has been one of the great emotions of my Without you, these successes would have made me feel lonely, instead of being filled with joy and emotion”.

“The last 24 years of touring have been an incredible adventure. What sometimes seemed like 24 hours was so profound and magical that I felt like I had lived a lifetime. I had the immense fortune to play in front of you at 40. different countries. I laughed and cried, I felt joy and pain, and above all I felt incredibly alive. During my travels, I met so many people wonderful people who will be friends forever. They took the time out of their busy schedules to come see me play and cheer me on all over the world. Thank you.”

When my love for tennis started, I was a ballboy in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players in wonder. They were like giants to me. This is where my dream started. My dreams made me work harder and I started to believe in myself. The small successes gave me confidence and it was my path to the greatest journey that led me to date.”

“So I want to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone, everyone around the world who helped me make the dreams of a young Swiss ball boy come true.”

“Finally, for tennis: I love you and I will never leave you”

Roger Federer

Roger Federer


Roger Federer

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