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Roger Federer retires from professional tennis

Roger Federer retires from tennis

After 24 golden years, Roger Federer, aged 41, has announced his impending retirement from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been struggling with a knee problem for the last three years and has decided now to rest away from tennis.

He announced his decision via his social media handle and it reads:

"As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries," Federer said Thursday in a post on his social media accounts. "I've worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.
"I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career."

Federer will play in next week’s Laver Cup in London, the Ryder Cup-style competition that was his brainchild, but will then leave the professional game.

However, he intends to keep playing tennis, “but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.”

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