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Roger Federer: read the tennis player’s retirement letter – 15/09/2022 – Sports

In a letter, Swiss Roger Federer defined his causes for ending a profession marked by 20 Grand Slam titles, amongst different achievements.

According to him, his physique has been sending him clear messages these days and, at 41, he has realized that it’s essential to “acknowledge when it’s time to finish my racing profession”.

See the letter in full.


To my tennis household and past,

Of all the presents tennis has given me over the years, the biggest, no doubt, are the folks I’ve met alongside the method: my buddies, my opponents, and particularly the followers who breathe life into the sport. Today I wish to share some information with you all.

As lots of you realize, the previous three years have offered me with challenges in the type of accidents and surgical procedures. I’ve been working arduous to get again into full aggressive form.

But I additionally know my physique’s capabilities and limits, and its message to me these days has been clear. I’m 41 years outdated. I’ve performed over 1500 video games in 24 years.

Tennis has handled me extra generously than I might have dreamed, and now I’ve to determine when it is time to finish my aggressive profession.

The Laver Cup subsequent week in London might be my final ATP occasion. I’ll play extra tennis in the future, in fact, however not in Grand Slams or on the observe.

It’s a bittersweet resolution as a result of I’m going to overlook the whole lot the tour has given me. But at the similar time, there’s a lot to have fun. I think about myself one in all the luckiest folks on Earth.



It’s a bittersweet resolution as a result of I’m going to overlook the whole lot the tour has given me. But at the similar time, there’s a lot to have fun. I think about myself one in all the luckiest folks on Earth.

They gave me the capacity to play tennis and I did it at a degree I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought doable.

I’d particularly prefer to thank my wonderful spouse, Mirka, who lived each minute with me. She warmed me up earlier than finals, watched numerous video games regardless of being over 8 months pregnant, and put up with my silly facet of the highway with my group for over 20 years.

I additionally wish to thank my 4 fantastic kids for supporting me, at all times trying ahead to exploring new locations and making fantastic recollections alongside the method. Seeing my household cheering me on from the stands is a sense I’ll cherish without end.

I’d additionally prefer to thank and specific my appreciation to my pricey dad and mom and my pricey sister, with out whom nothing would have been doable. An enormous thanks to all my former coaches who at all times steered me in the proper course…you had been wonderful!

And to Swiss tennis, who believed in me after I was younger and gave me the good begin.

I actually wish to thank and acknowledge my wonderful group, Ivan, Dani, Roland and particularly Seve and Pierre, who gave me the greatest recommendation and had been at all times there for me.

Also Tony, for creatively managing my enterprise for over 17 years. You are all wonderful and I beloved each minute with you.

I wish to thank my loyal sponsors who’re actually like companions for me; and the groups and tournaments that work arduous on the ATP Tour, who’ve at all times welcomed us with kindness and hospitality.

I additionally wish to thank my opponents on the court docket. I’ve been fortunate sufficient to play so many epic video games that I’ll always remember. We fought truthful, with ardour and depth, and I at all times did my greatest to respect the historical past of the sport.

I really feel extraordinarily grateful. We pushed one another and collectively we raised tennis to new ranges.

First of all, I’ve to present a particular because of my wonderful followers. You won’t ever understand how a lot energy and religion you gave me.



The previous three years have offered me with challenges in the type of accidents and surgical procedures. I’ve been working arduous to get again into full aggressive form.

The awe-inspiring feeling of strolling into packed stadiums and arenas was one in all the biggest feelings of my life. Without you, these successes could be lonely as a substitute of filled with pleasure and power.

The final 24 years of touring have been an unbelievable journey. Although generally it appears like 24 hours have handed, it was additionally so deep and magical that I really feel like I’ve lived a lifetime.

I’ve had the nice fortune to play in over 40 completely different nations. I laughed and cried, felt pleasure and ache, and most of all felt extremely alive.

During my travels I’ve met many fantastic individuals who will stay lifelong buddies who’ve at all times taken day out of their busy schedules to look at me play and cheer me on round the world. Thanks.

When my love for tennis started, I used to be a ball catcher in my hometown of Basel. I used to look at gamers with a way of surprise. They had been like giants to me and I started to dream.

My desires made me work tougher and I began to consider in myself. Some success gave me confidence and I used to be on my option to the most unbelievable journey I’ve ever been on.

So I wish to thank everybody from the backside of my coronary heart, everybody in the world who helped make the desires of a younger Swiss participant come true.

Finally, to the sport of tennis: I really like you and I’ll by no means depart you.

Roger Federer

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