Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis

Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis
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Tennis legend Roger Federer announced on Thursday that he will quit professional tennis after the Laver Cup next week.

As many of you know the past few years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries," Federer said on his Instagram account.

"I have worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me has been clear."

Roger Federer announced his retirement on social media. Credit: Instagram

"I am 41-years-old. I have played in over 1500 matches over 24 years."

"Tennis has treated me more generously than I could ever have dreamed, and now I must recognise that it is time to end my professional career."

'To my tennis family and beyond. With love, Roger,' said Federer on Instagram. Credit: Roger Federer's Instagram account

The Swiss national adds that he will keep playing tennis, but it will not be at ATP or Grand Slam tournaments.

His latest defeat was against Hunbert Hukarcz in the quarter finals of Wimbledon this summer.

World no.1 for 310 weeks

Federer has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments and was seeded as world No.1 in 237 consecutive weeks and 310 in total through the course of his career.

He thanked his wife, Marka, their four children, his coaches, and his many fans across the world on Instagram.

The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure. It sometimes feels as though it went by in the last 24 hours, but is has also been so deep and magical that is seems as though I have lived a whole lifetime," Federer wrote.

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The tennis legend signed off by declaring his great love for the sport.

"To the game of tennis: I love you and I will never leave you."

Laver Cup will take place in London on the weekend of the 23-25 of September. Federer will play with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Team Europe in a showdown against players from around the world.

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