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Roger Federer to retire from tennis after the Laver Cup next week

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The legendary career of Roger Federer is coming to an end.

The Swiss tennis player announced on Thursday that he will retire from the ATP Tour after the Laver Cup in London next week. During his illustrious 24-year career, he won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open titles and five US Open titles.

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“It’s a bittersweet decision,” Federer said, “because I’m going to miss everything the tour gave me. But at the same time, there are so many reasons to rejoice. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I could not even dream of, for much longer than I ever thought possible.

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As Federer noted in a post-retirement speech, the 41-year-old has struggled with knee injuries for the past three years and has only made it past the fourth round of Grand Slam tournaments twice in that time. In June of this year, he fell out of the world top 50 for the first time since 2000 and fell out of the ATP singles rankings entirely for the first time since his debut in July 1997.

But in his prime, Federer was the best tennis player on the planet.

He was No. 1 in the ATP for 237 consecutive weeks from February 2, 2004 to August 17, 2008 – the longest streak in history – and was the oldest player to reach No. 1 at age 36 on June 24, 2018.

Federer has won 82 percent of his 1,526 career singles matches, and his 103 career titles rank second in the Open Era. His 20 Grand Slam singles titles are second only to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who have 21 and 22 titles respectively.

“When my love of tennis was born, I was a kid in my native Basel,” Federer said. “I used to watch players with a sense of wonder. They seemed to me giants, and I began to dream. Dreams made me work harder and I started believing in myself. path to the most amazing journey that has led to this day.

“So, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all of you, everyone around the world, who helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball player come true.

“Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave.”

Roger Federer will leave the ATP Tour after one final tournament next week.  (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Roger Federer will leave the ATP Tour after one final tournament next week. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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