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Roger Federer announced Thursday that he will be leaving the world of competitive tennis after injuries hampered the latter part of his illustrious career.
The 41-year-old Swiss tennis legend made the revelation in a letter to fans on social media. He wrote that he would no longer participate in ATP Tour events or Grand Slam tournaments. Its final event will be the Laver Cup in London next week.
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Federer’s announcement has garnered a ton of backlash from his opponents over the years. Retired American tennis star Andy Roddick was among those leading the tributes on Twitter.
Federer ends his career with 20 Grand Slam titles and more than 1,200 wins, in addition to 103 singles titles. He also added a gold medal in Olympic doubles in 2008 and a silver in singles in 2012.
ROGER FEDERER ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM TENNIS AFTER INCREDIBLE CAREER
Federer was one of the most dominant tennis players of his era and had epic clashes with Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as they rose through the ranks. At one point, he had won four straight US Open titles.
However, in recent seasons Federer has been hampered by injuries. He hasn’t played any professional events in 2022 and has only played 19 games from 2020 to 2021. His last tournament title was in 2019 at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
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Federer’s announcement comes weeks after Serena Williams announced her retirement