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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 currently 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 best, indubitably, are the folks I’ve met alongside the approach: my associates, my opponents, and particularly the followers who breathe life into the sport. Today I need to share some information with you all.

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

But I additionally know my physique’s capabilities and limits, and its message to me currently 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 I’m 41 years outdated.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 shall 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 choice as a result of I’m going to overlook all the pieces the tour has given me. But at the similar time, there’s a lot to have fun. I contemplate myself one in all the luckiest folks on Earth.



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

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

I might particularly prefer to thank my superb spouse, Mirka, who lived each minute of it 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 staff for over 20 years.

I additionally need to thank my 4 great kids for supporting me, all the time wanting ahead to exploring new locations and making great reminiscences alongside the approach. Seeing my household cheering me on from the stands is a sense I’ll cherish eternally.

I might additionally prefer to thank and categorical my appreciation to my expensive dad and mom and my expensive sister, with out whom nothing would have been doable. A giant thanks to all my former coaches who all the time steered me in the proper route…you have been superb!

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

I actually need to thank and acknowledge my superb staff, Ivan, Dani, Roland and particularly Seve and Pierre, who gave me the finest recommendation and have been all the time there for me.

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

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

I additionally need 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 all the time did my finest to respect the historical past of the recreation.

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 due to my superb followers. You won’t ever know the way a lot power and religion you gave me.



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

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

The final 24 years of touring have been an unbelievable journey. Although typically 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 international locations. I laughed and cried, felt pleasure and ache, and most of all felt extremely alive.

During my travels I’ve met many great individuals who will stay lifelong associates who’ve all the time taken outing 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 have been like giants to me and I started to dream.

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

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

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

Roger Federer

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