This morning the sporting world has awoken to the shock news that Roger Federer is set to call time on his illustrious career, announcing his retirement after next week’s Laver Cup.
The swiss great posted a letter to his social accounts “Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.”
This comes off the back of three years of speculation after multiple injuries and surgeries to try and facilitate a return to competitive form, however, it seems to have taken a toll on the 41-year-olds body,
“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 recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. Roger said”
It’s a sad day for Tennis fans with one of the biggest draw cards, and arguably the most recognised name in professional tennis, over the past two decades set to retire.