The following is the letter Roger Federer wrote to his fans to make his announcement that he would give up competitive tennis after this month’s Laver Cup.
To my tennis friends and allies, the individuals I’ve met along the way—my friends, my rivals, and most importantly the fans who give the sport its life—have without a doubt been the greatest gifts tennis has given me over the years. I want to let you all know some news today.
As many of you are aware, the last three years have been difficult for me due to injuries and operations. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting back to my best for competition.
The message my body has been sending me lately is clear, but I am also aware of its potential and limitations. I’m a 41-year-old man. In the past 24 years, I have participated in approximately 1,500 matches.
My last ATP competition will be the Laver Cup in London the following week. Of course, I’ll continue to play tennis, just not in Grand Slam tournaments or on the pro tour.
Because I will miss everything the tour has given me, this is a bittersweet choice. However, there is also much to rejoice in. I believe I am among the luckiest individuals on the planet.