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Tennis legend Roger Federer announces retirement

Federer will retire from competitive tennis after next week's Laver Cup

federer-reuters-fourth-round (File) Roger Federer | Reuters

Tennis legend Roger Federer, on Thursday, announced retirement from the sport. He said that next week's Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP tournament.

"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 dear. I am 41 years old," Federer said on social media.

"I have played more than 1,500 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.

"The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour." Laver Cup is a team event run by his management company.

Federer won 20 Grand Slam titles, but has not competed since Wimbledon in July 2021. He lost 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz.

Soon after, he had surgery to repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage in his right knee - his third operation on that knee in around 18 months.

Federer's announcement comes just days after 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams called it quits.

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