Roger Federer has decided to retire at the age of 41. Over the past three years, he has gone through many injuries, surgeries, strains, and sprains. And now, it seems the most sensible thing to do to prevent more damage and allow his body to heal. He announced his retirement on Thursday on a social media post, thanking tennis, his fans, and competitions. And expressed his gratitude to and for all.
Federer is doing the smart thing. He said he knows his limits and capabilities, and he’s worked hard to come back to compete in full competitive form. However, he said he also recognizes that his future and health are more important than any other Grand Slam or tour.
Tennis is a brutal sport. It’s not just serving and hitting a ball repeatedly over a net. There’s a lot of deceleration, force application, and unilateral dominance. But nevertheless, it leaves players injured and broken. And as they get older, it only becomes a little bit worse for them because their body is aging and not repairing as quickly as it was when they were in their 20s.
When aging starts, injuries and surgeries take longer to recover. It is at this point that the body can’t keep up, and the game speeds up, making a player feel like the tin man on the court.
Federer said this is a bittersweet decision, but the time has come to say farewell. He said he will continue to play tennis, just not in the Grand Slams or on tour. The last game he played was in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2021. And in mid-August that year, he had another knee surgery.
Of course, Roger will miss the tour, and the tennis fans will miss him more. But he has so much to be grateful for. Federer was very successful at the thing he loved to do most. He remarked that he was given an exceptional talent to play tennis and reached a level that he never saw or imagined.
Roger Federer has always been a special player. He’s always been the model of sportsmanship and gratitude. In his final message, he said, “The last 24 years have been an incredible adventure. While it sometimes feels like it went by in 24 hours, it has also been so deep and magical that it seems as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime.”
He further commented, “I have had the immense fortune to play in front of you in over 40 different countries. I have laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all, I have felt incredibly alive.”
Federer’s final goodbye, adieu, farewell, will be after the Laver cup next week. He underwent knee surgery last year, hoping to return to the pro circuit to achieve ultimate GOAT status. Swiss clocks last forever, but his body is not the same. Staying untouchable is a difficult feat. However, Federer retires graciously as a 3rd place fixture and finisher forever.
“The Swiss Maestro” has played over 1,500 matches in his 24 years of professional tennis. He has won Wimbledon eight times, the Australian Open six times, and the US Open five times. But As for Grand Slam titles, he has won 20, Djokovic 21, and Nadal remains at the top position, leading with 22.