Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams
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Roger Federer announced his retirement today from the Grand Slam tennis tour, making him the first player in the history of the ATP Tour, to retire from grand slam tennis.
The 37-year-old Swiss tennis legend has played a total of 10 singles titles and 11 grand slam titles (a record that only has seven players have achieved). Federer has also won five titles on the Grand Prix circuit.
Federer announced his retirement through the official Twitter accounts of his sport’s governing bodies.
“It has been an incredible ride in many ways and I feel really grateful to have had the chance to compete at the highest levels, especially on the biggest stages in tennis,” Federer said in a statement.
Federer’s official retirement announcement comes one day after his return from an 18-month absence due to stress-related health issues. The Open champion announced his decision to retire during the Fed Cup, a competition between teams from the United States and China.
“My decision to retire from the Grand Slams and the ATP Tour has been one of the hardest ones I have had to make,” he said. “But I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play at the highest level, and continue to live my passion to play tennis for as long as I can at such a high level.”
Federer announced his retirement during the Fed Cup (Twitter)
Federer came out of retirement in August 2013 to compete in a men’s doubles match and was the only player to play in the tie-break in the Davis Cup semifinal the same year.
Federer, who has won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open, has not played the Australian Open since 2007.
On July 17, 2012, Federer revealed details of the stress-related health issues that he had been struggling with.
On his official website, Federer said he was taking the decision to retire “with enormous sadness.”