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Tennis Legend Roger Federer Announces His Retirement

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has made the “bittersweet” decision to retire from tennis.

The 41-year-old, who has been out of action due to knee surgery since last year, has announced next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final match.

“To my tennis family and beyond, 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,” he begins a lengthy message, posted on social media.

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“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’m 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 recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.”

He goes on to share heartfelt messages for his loved ones – his wife Mirka, their four children, his parents and sister.

“Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.”

He adds that he will play more tennis in the future but he won’t be appearing at Grand Slam events or on tour.

“The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure. While it sometimes feels like it went by in 24 hours, it has also been so deep and magical that it seems as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime.”

Read his heartfelt message in full below:

(Feature Image Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)

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