has my tennis family and beyond
Of all the gifts tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, have been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors and above all the fans who bring to this sport. . Today I want to share some news with you all.
To my tennis family and beyond, With Love, Roger https://t.co/1UISwK1NIN
—Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1663247919000
As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I worked hard to get back to full competitive form.
But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear. I’m 41 years old. I’ve played over 1,500 games in 24 years.
Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.
—Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1663247998000
The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not in Grand Slams or on the circuit.
It’s a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on Earth.
I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, for far longer than I ever thought possible.
I especially want to thank my amazing wife Mirka, who lived every minute with me. She warmed me up before finals, watched countless games even though she was over 8 months pregnant, and endured my clumsiness on the road with my team for over 20 years.
I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and make wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.
I would also like to thank and recognize my loving parents and my dear sister, without whom nothing would be possible. A big thank you to all my former coaches who always guided me in the right direction… you were amazing!
And to Swiss Tennis, who believed in me as a young player and gave me the perfect start.
I really want to thank and recognize my incredible team, Ivan, Dani, Roland, and especially Seve and Pierre, who gave me the best advice and were always there for me.
Also Tony, for running my business creatively for over 17 years. You are all amazing and I loved every minute with you.
I would like to thank my loyal sponsors, who are really like partners for me; and the regular teams and tournaments of the ATP Tour, who have always welcomed us with kindness and hospitality.
I would also like to thank my competitors on the field. I had the chance to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought loyally, with passion and intensity, and I always did my best to respect the history of the game.
I feel extremely grateful. We pushed each other and together we took tennis to new levels.
First and foremost, I have to give special thanks to my amazing fans. You will never know how much strength and conviction you gave me.
The inspiring feeling of walking through packed stadiums and arenas has been one of the great thrills of my life. Without you, these successes would have seemed lonely, rather than filled with joy and energy.
The last 24 years of touring have been an incredible adventure. Even though I sometimes feel like it happened in 24 hours, it was also so profound and magical that it feels like I’ve already lived a lifetime.
I had the immense chance to play in front of you in more than 40 different countries. I laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and above all I felt incredibly alive.
During my travels I have met many great people who will be lifelong friends, who have always taken time out of their busy schedules to come watch me play and cheer me on around the world. Thanks.
When my love of tennis started I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I started dreaming.
My dreams made me work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some successes gave me confidence and I was well on my way to the most incredible journey to date.
I would therefore like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to all those around the world who have contributed to making the dreams of a young Swiss ball come true.
Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.