Roger Federer, 41, announced Thursday morning that he will retire after next week’s Laver Cup in London, officially ending a chapter in which tennis was dominated by the Big Three, and he was credited with bringing grace and artistry to a sport dominated by heavy hitters.
Roger Federer announced his “bittersweet” retirement from professional tennis on Thursday, capping off a career in which he won eight men’s singles Wimbledon titles and 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
Federer, 41, said on social media that he “must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career” after undergoing a series of knee surgeries.
“I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people on the planet,” he wrote. “I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined possible for much longer than I ever imagined possible.”
Federer will retire with 20 Grand Slam titles, trailing only his younger “Big Three” rivals Rafael Nadal (36) and Novak Djokovic (36) in the sport’s history (35).
Federer described his decision to retire as a “bittersweet decision,” citing his “body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear,” as the Swiss national has struggled to stay on the court due to injuries in recent years.
Federer has not competed since July 2021, when he lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, so the announcement came as no surprise.
It comes just months after his female counterpart, Serena Williams, 40, retired after a third-round loss at the US Open.
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Career and numbers of Roger Federer
$90.7 million in total. Federer earned $90 million in endorsements last year, making him the seventh highest-paid athlete in the world. He earned far more money off the field than any other athlete, easily surpassing the second most-endorsed athlete, LeBron James, who earned $80 million in endorsements last year. Federer earned $130.6 million in prize money on the court during his 24-year career, the third-most on the ATP Tour, but it was his lucrative endorsements that consistently placed him among the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Federer held the world No. 1 position for more than 300 weeks. Federer is widely regarded as the greatest player on grass, having won Wimbledon an unprecedented eight times. He and the Big Three were so dominant that they won 63 of the previous 77 Grand Slam titles since 2003. Federer broke his idol Pete Sampras’s Grand Slam record of 14 when he won Wimbledon in 2009. Federer last won a Grand Slam in 2018, when he won what appeared to be an unbreakable record 20th title by winning the Australian Open. Djokovic (21) and Nadal (22) have since surpassed him.
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