Roger Federer announces his retirement from competitive tennis

After a 24-year career, tennis great Roger Federer has decided to retire. The player from Switzerland announced it on Thursday in a letter shared on Twitter.

Federer declared that the upcoming Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP competition. Having undergone numerous operations and injuries, he claimed to be aware of his "body's capacities and limits." In which he reads the letter, he posted a tape.

“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, & now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career,” Federer read. “I will play more tennis, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.” 

With 237 weeks at the top straight in professional tennis, he owns the record. In 2018, he also set the record for the oldest player to maintain the top spot, aged 36. The 41-year-old has won 20 Grand Slam titles.

He has played more than 1,500 matches during which the ATP records that he served 11,478 aces. 

“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth.” 

Federer turned pro as a teenager and established storied rivalries against fellow tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. 

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