Swiss tennis player Roger Federer wants to end his outstanding career at the age of 41. He announced that next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final assignment on the ATP Tour. The world’s long-time No. 1 reason was physical complaints. “This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the Tour has given me,” Federer wrote.
Born in Basel, he won 20 Grand Slam titles and a total of 103 individual titles. He was the Olympic doubles champion in Beijing in 2008, and won the Davis Cup with Switzerland in 2014. “I have been working hard to get back to full fitness. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limits, and its message has been clear to me lately,” Federer wrote in an open letter. After 24 years and more than 1,500 games, he had to realize that “it’s time to end my competitive career.”
The son of a Swiss father and South African mother turned professional in 1998, celebrated his first tournament win in Milan in 2001 and hit his stride in 2003 with the first of eight wins on Wimbledon grass. In the following years, Federer came close several times to becoming only the second player to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year, but he failed to beat Rafael Nadal on clay at the French Open. Only when Nadal missed the final there in 2009 did Federer also win in Paris.
Federer fought big matches with Nadal and later Novak Djokovic and suffered bitter defeats, including in the Wimbledon finals. In his more than two-decade career, he has reported magnificently several times after injuries or weaker years. In 2012, he returned to the top of the world rankings with a victory at Wimbledon, in 2017 he defeated Nadal in a memorable final at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where he won the last of his 20 Grand Slam titles a year later. In 2019, he lost in the Wimbledon final after dropping points against Djokovic, who replaced him as world number one.
Federer is maturing into a world athlete
Fans adored Federer for his aesthetic game, which sometimes made even the most difficult shots look surprisingly easy. He was called a tennis maestro. In fact, there was a lot of strength and athleticism in his mostly attacking appearance on the pitch. Federer, who was sometimes hot-headed when he was younger, grew into a world-class athlete with his athletic success who was always humble, patient and also funny when interacting with fans and could speak English and French fluently.
Federer traveled the world, albeit sparingly, with his wife Mirka, a former professional player from the Czech Republic, two sets of twin children, and his companions. At first, he limited his program to important tournaments to give his body breaks. Now, Federer is finally retiring from the nomadic life as a tennis player.