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The beloved athlete, whose amassed 20 Grand Slam titlesover the span of his career, has announcedthat he’ll retire from ATP events after competing in London’s Laver Cup in a few days.
In a note to his tennis family, posted to Instagram on Sept. 15, Roger, 41, shared that his body is sendinghim a messagefollowing 3 years of injuries and surgeries.
“I’ve played a lot more than 1500 matches over 24 years,”Rogerwrote. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever could have dreamt, and today I have to recognize when it’s time and energy to end my competitive career.”
“I’ll play more tennis later on, needless to say, but not in Grand Slams or on the tour,” he noted. “It is a bittersweet decision, because I’ll miss everything the tour has given me. But simultaneously, there’s so much to celebrate.”
Rogerwhose announcement comes amid Serena Williams‘ ownevolution from the activitycontinued to thank his family, including his “amazing” wifeMirka Federer and their four “wonderful” children for supporting him through the years.
“The final 24 years on tour have already been an unbelievable adventure,”the athlete added. “Although it sometimes feels as though it passed in 24 hours, it has additionally been so deep and magical that it appears as though I’ve already lived a complete lifetime.”
After making his announcement, Roger’s Instagram was immediately flooded with well-wishes from fans and fellow athletes, including tennis player John Isner who commented, “Absolute living legend. Thanks for all your countless memories.”
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