Roger Federer has announced he plans to retire from top-level tennis after the Laver Cup in London later this month.
The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion said he listened to his body and his health was the reason he was saying goodbye to sport.
“The message my body has been sending me lately has been clear,” Federer said in a statement, according to the BBC. “I’ve played over 1,500 games in 24 years. Now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.”
The Swiss tennis great, 41, added: “In the game of tennis, I love you and will never leave you.”
Federer made his professional debut aged 16 in 1998 and his success saw him join the so-called Big Three along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of,” Federer said before announcing his retirement.
Federer will take part in the Laver Cup next week in London before officially retiring from the sport.
This is a developing story and will be updated.