Roger Federer has announced that he will retire from professional tennis later this month.
Federer, who is 41 and has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, will retire after the Laver Cup which takes place in London.
In a statement announcing his plans to retire on social media Federer said: “I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.”
He added: “I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game.”
Federer has won Wimbledon, the Grand Slam tennis tournament which is based in the UK eight times, with his first win in 2003. However, he has been unable to compete in any tennis tournaments since Wimbledon last year due to injury.
News of the planned retirement saw the tennis star trend on Twitter and attracted praise from across the world of sport including from the Wimbledon tournament Twitter page.
Rafael Nadal, who has competed against Federer on numerous occasions and won including at Wimbledon, sent well wishes to the tennis professional and his family before adding:
“I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world.
It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court.“
Writing on Twitter, Formula One driver Fernando Alonso said: “Gracias Roger Federer.”
In a statement Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd said: “Nobody who saw him play will forget his grace, elegance and poise on court.”
Federer’s achievements in the world of tennis include;
- Most Wimbledon titles for men’s singles matches
- 20 Grand Slam titles
- Won 1,251 tennis matches
- 46 semi final appearances
Feature image credit: Roger Federer on Twitter