Tennis star Roger Federer announces his retirement

Tennis great Roger Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slam titles and dominated the sport in his 24-year career, announced his retirement on Thursday.

The big picture: Federer’s departure comes less than a month after another major tennis star, Serena Williams, retired from the sport.

Driving the news: Federer said in a tweet statement he will no longer participate in tours organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals or Grand Slam events. His final competitive match is next week at the Laver Cup in London.

  • He said his long career – over 1,500 games in 24 years – had worn down his body.
  • Federer41, is considered one of the “Big Three” of men’s tennis along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

What he says : “It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there’s so much to celebrate,” he said.

  • “I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, for way more longer than I ever thought possible.”
  • “The last 24 years of touring have been an incredible adventure. Although it sometimes feels like it happened in 24 hours, it’s also been so profound and magical that it feels like I’ve already lived a lifetime.”

Go further: Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have won 58 of the last 70 Grand Slams

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