Roger Federer just announced that he is officially retiring from tennis after winning 20 Grand Slam titles. His last event will be the Laver Cup in London next week. He said in an Instagram post,
"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. "
Over the last few years of Federer's career, he has had a series of injuries including undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020.
"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."
Federer's accolades include winning a career grand slam: the Australian Open six times, the French Open once, the US Open five times, and Wimbledon.
"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 a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible."
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