The great Roger Federer has announced he will retire from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London following continued struggles with a long-term knee injury.
The Swiss great, 41, has called time on an extraordinary 24-year career that has seen him win 20 Grand Slam singles titles, behind only Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) on the men’s all-time list.
A social media post read: “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.
“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.
“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 made his competitive debut aged 16 in 1998 and won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003.
Since he made his debut in 2003, Roger Federer has achieved remarkable feats in Tennis, and below are some of the numbers:
750 – Federer has spent 750 weeks in the top 10 of the men’s singles rankings, an undefeated number for a male player since they were first published in 1973.
369 – He has won more men’s singles main draw matches in grand slam tournaments than any other player in the Open Era (369).
237 – With 237 consecutive weeks at number one, Federer holds the record for the longest such streak in men’s singles history – a stretch of four-and-a-half years.
105 – Federer has played 105 matches at Wimbledon in the Open Era, more than any other male player.
103 – The number of ATP-level titles won by Federer in the Open Era is 103, a feat bettered only by Jimmy Connors (109).
36 – At the age of 36 years, five months and seven days, Federer won his last grand slam, at the 2018 Australian Open, becoming the oldest man to do so in the Open Era save for Ken Rosewall in 1972 (37 years, a month and 24 days, also in Melbourne).
224 – Federer has recorded 224 victories against top-10 opponents. Only Novak Djokovic (232) has more such wins in the Open Era.
15 – In his home tournament in Basel, Federer reached 15 finals, the highest tally for a player in a single ATP-level tournament since the majors turned professional in 1968.
1 – With 429 grand slam matches to his name in the Open Era, Federer is the only male player to have exceeded the 400+ mark.
10 – Federer is the only male player able to reach 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals in the Open Era (between Wimbledon 2005 and the US Open 2007).
0 – According to ATP Media info, Federer never retired from a match in his career (1,526 matches in singles, 223 in doubles).