Roger Federer, one of the world’s greatest tennis champions will finally be hanging up his racket after a record-breaking career that spanned over two decades. The player announced in a statement on social media that he will be retiring from the sport due to a knee injury.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer wrote. “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 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it’s time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour,” he continued.
The news was certainly a blow to the sporting community especially considering what a massive impact Federer has made during his time on the courts. He has won 20 coveted Grand Slam singles titles, eight Wimbledon Grand Slam titles—the most by any male player in the Open Era—and was the oldest world number one in the history of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings.
Below, we take a look back at some of Federer’s greatest tennis achievements.