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Roger Federer retires: Tennis legend ends career with 20 Grand Slam titles, will play one last tournament

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Another tennis legend calls it a career. Just weeks after Serena Williams played what is believed to be her last professional tournament, Roger Federer announced on Thursday that he is retiring from the sport. The Swiss tennis legend is one of the most experienced tennis players not only of his generation, but also in the history of the sport. He has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles behind only Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) who are still active.

In a Twitter statement, Federer wrote that the Laver Cup in London, which will take place from September 23 to 25, will be the last professional tournament in which he will take part. one of the main reasons why he would stop playing.

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“As many of you know, the last three years have given me problems in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he wrote. “I worked hard to get back in full fitness. But I also know the possibilities and limits of my body, and lately it has become clear to me … Tennis has been more generous to me than I could ever dream of, and now I must understand when it is time to end my competitive career. ” .

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Federer added that while the Laver Cup would be his last event on the ATP Tour, he “will play more tennis in the future” but not “at Grand Slams or on tour.”

Federer held the number one spot in the world for 310 weeks of his career, including a record 237 consecutive weeks. He was only 21 years old when he won his first major Grand Slam in singles at Wimbledon in 2003. He won this tournament seven more times, including winning it five times in a row from 2003 to 2007.

But it wasn’t just Wimbledon that Federer dominated. He also won the US Open five times in a row from 2004 to 2008, six Australian Opens and one French Open.

“This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour gave me,” Federer wrote. “But at the same time, there are so many reasons to rejoice. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. longer than I ever thought possible.”



Source: www.cbssports.com

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