Tennis legend Roger Federer announces his retirement

Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer, announced in a statement posted on his Instagram account that he is retiring from professional tennis after the end of the Laver Cup, which is due to be held in London next week.

The statement read: “The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP competition. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but of course not in a Grand Slam or in the ATP tournaments.”

He continued: “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to regain full competitive form, but I know also the capabilities and limitations of my body and the message I received from him recently was clear.

The tennis legend added: “I am 41 years old, I have played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I have to realize that it’s time to end my competitive career.

Roger Federer continued: “This decision is bittersweet because I will miss everything the professional championships have given me, but at the same time there is a lot of time to celebrate.”

He concluded: “I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet… I have acquired an exceptional talent for playing tennis and I have reached levels that I never imagined and during much longer than expected.”

Federer’s retirement announcement comes weeks after American tennis star Serena Williams announced her retirement.