All-Time Tennis Great Roger Federer Retiring
One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer (pictured above), announced his retirement from competitive tennis on Thursday morning.
He did so via social media, here's his tweet:
Federer, who turned 41 years old back in August, has battled various injuries in the last few years. He last played at Wimbledon in 2021, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.
The Basel, Switzerland native won 20 Grand Slam singles titles (3rd most all-time) during his 20+ year career (6 Australian Opens, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledons, 5 U.S. Opens). And he made 31 Grand Slam singles finals dating back to 2003.
He broke on to the worldwide tennis scene in 2001 as a 19-year old. Where he upset seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round in five sets. He won the first of his record eight Wimbledon crowns two years later in 2003 (beating Mark Philippoussis in the final).
In addition to his Grand Slam greatness, he also won an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles (with fellow Swiss partner Stan Wawrinka) in 2008. And he won silver in 2012, when he lost to Andy Murray in the Olympic final.
His 103 singles titles are 2nd all-time. He also spent an incredible 310 weeks ranked number 1 in the world. His 1,251 official match wins are amongst the best ever, and he also won the Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2014.
Roger would've won even more Grand Slam titles if not for his great rivalries with fellow future Hall of Famers Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. The legendary 2008 Wimbledon final (where he lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets) is widely considered the best tennis match ever played.
Federer announced that he will play in next week's Laver Cup in London, England. But that it will be his last competitive matches.