Roger Federer's Retirement from Professional Tennis


Roger Federer's Retirement from Professional Tennis

On September 15, 2022, Roger Federer announced the he was retiring from professional tennis. His last tournament is to played at the Laver Cup in London from September 23-25. The reason for his retirement is that his body is making it harder for him to play (especially his right knee, which he had surgery on several months ago). At 41 years of age he has decided that he will not be playing competitive singles on the ATP Tour anymore after the Laver Cup.

Roger said in his retirement announcement: "As many of you know, the past three years have presented me will challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to return to full competitive form, but I also know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would've dreamt and now I must recognize when it's time to end my professional career.

People have been talking about Roger Federer's retirement for years now. All the way back in 2009, people started talking about Roger's retirement as he had lost his number 1 rankings and hadn't won a title since Basel in 2008. Before Roger people usually retired from tennis in their early thirty's. Even with people talking about his retirement, Federer bounced back in May 2009 winning Madrid and then completing the career grand-slam by winning his first Roland Garros. Roger then ended the year as world number 1.

The second time people were talking about his retirement was in 2016. Roger was undergoing surgery on his knee and was out of the sport for six months. He was 35, but very few people would've predicted that next year in 2017 he would win 2 grand slams, 3 masters 1000 events, and end the year as number 2 and in the world. Many people hoped something like this would happen in 2023 and held on hope, but Roger Federer is 41 and he knows it's time to retire and say goodbye to professional tennis.

Roger Federer has been playing on the ATP Tour for 24 years (since 1998) and has accumulated 103 career singles titles, 20 grand slams titles, 1251 match wins, and 310 weeks at the world number 1 ranking. He has the record for most consecutive weeks at the number 1 ranking at 237 weeks from February 2004 - August 2008. He also holds the record for most Wimbledon crowns at 8, and tied with the most consecutive titles at Wimbledon with 5 from 2003-2007.

Roger Federer retiring has been the day all his fans and even just the tennis world has been dreading. It has come though, and there isn't something we can do to prevent it. All we can do his is savor watching his last tennis moments and the Laver Cup from the 23rd-25th. Thank you Roger Federer, for an amazing tennis career and entertaining everyone who watched your matches.

Level 43
Sep 17, 2022
Although I prefer Novak Djokovic, Serena and Roger retirements were really hard imo.