Roger Federer’s retirement sparks social media reactions: ‘You’ve changed the game’

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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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Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd during the Center Court Centenary Celebration on day seven of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 03, 2022 in London.
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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

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates during his men's singles third round match against Dominik Koepfer of Germany on day seven of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 05, 2021 in Paris.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates during his men’s singles third round match against Dominik Koepfer of Germany on day seven of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 05, 2021 in Paris.
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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.

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns against Tennys Sandgren of the United States in their men's singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2020.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns against Tennys Sandgren of the United States in their men’s singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2020.
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Federer’s announcement comes weeks after Serena Williams announced her retirement

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