Roger Federer 20-Time Grand Slam Champion Announces His Retirement From Competitive Tennis

Swiss tennis Legend Roger Federer is retiring from professional tennis at age 41 after a series of knee operations, closing a career in which he won 20 Grand Slam titles.

 

“I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years,” Federer said in a video message released Thursday, after stating that his body’s “message to me lately has been clear.”

 

Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles rank third all-time among men’s players behind only contemporaries Nadal (22) and Djokovic (21) and finished five seasons ranked No. 1.

Over his career, Federer has won more than 100 titles total and amassed a 1,251-275 record, according the ATP, which adds that he never retired from a match, in singles or doubles.

Earlier in his career, he notched 41 match wins in a row — a sequence that started the year after he won 24 tournament finals straight, from 2003-2005.

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“The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure,” Federer said, describing the highs and lows of playing his sport in more than 40 countries, “Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

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