The day the tennis world waited on one side and dreaded the other has arrived: today, September 15, 2022, Roger Federer Announces his retirement from professional tennis. “I must admit that it is time to end my career – The transfer of the legendary Swiss on Instagram -. Next week’s Laver Cup will be my last tournament.”
There will be a time and a way for comments, and now it is time to make room for the words of the Swiss master, who wrote in a message posted on his Instagram account:
“For my tennis family and beyond,
Of all the gifts tennis has given me over the years, the greatest has been, without a doubt, the people I have met along the way: my friends, my opponents, and above all the fans who have given their own sport to the sport. life. Today, I want to share the news with all of you.
As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and operations. I’ve worked hard to get back into top shape. But I know the limits of my body, and lately the messages he’s been sending me have become clear. I’m 41, and I’ve played more than 1,500 matches over the course of 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed of, and now I have to know when it is time to end my professional career.
The Laver Cup in London next week will be my last ATP event. I will still play tennis in the future, of course, but not only on the track or at the major tournaments. This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour gave me. But at the same time, there is a lot to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I was given a special talent in tennis, and I played at levels I would never have imagined, for longer than I thought possible.
I want to especially thank my wonderful wife Mirka, who spent every minute with me. He warmed me up before the finals, watched countless matches even while pregnant, and put up with the stupid side of me for twenty years along the way. I would also like to thank my 4 wonderful children for their support, because they are always ready and eager to see new places and have good memories. Seeing my family cheering for me from the stands is a feeling I will always love.
I also want to thank my beloved parents and my dear sister, without whom nothing would have been possible. A big thank you to all the previous coaches who have always pointed me in the right direction.. you have been amazing! And thanks to Swiss tennis, who believed in me when I was young and gave me the opportunity to start my career in the best possible way.
I would really like to thank my team: Evan, Danny, Roland, and especially Sivvi and Pierre, who gave me the best and were always there for me. Tony too, because he creatively ran my business for over 17 years. You are all amazing and I loved every minute I spent with you.
I would like to thank my faithful patrons, who are indeed my associates; As well as the ATP Tour Championship crew, who have always treated us with kindness and hospitality.
Thanks also to my opponents. I was fortunate enough to play some epic matches that I will never forget. We’ve fought with integrity, with passion and intensity, and have always done my best to honor the story of this game. I feel really grateful. We have always pushed each other, and together we have taken tennis to new heights.
And above all, I must thank the wonderful fans in a special way. You will never know how much power you have given me. One of the greatest feelings of my life was the feeling one had upon entering full stadiums; Without you, your successes would have lived in solitude, instead of joy and energy.
The past 24 years on the track have been a great adventure. While it sometimes seems like they’re gone in 24 hours, they were so deep and magical that you feel like you’ve already lived a lifetime. I have been very fortunate to play in more than 40 countries. I laughed and cried, I felt joy and pain, but most of all I felt incredibly alive. During my travels, I have met many wonderful people who will remain friends for life, who have taken time away from themselves and their loved ones to come see me play and cheer me on around the world. Thank you.
When my love for tennis started, I was a ball boy in Basel. I looked at the players with admiration. They were giants to me, and so I started dreaming. My dreams made me work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some successes gave me confidence, so I began this wonderful journey that has brought me to this day.
So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone around the world who helped make the dreams of a little Swiss ball boy come true..
Finally to tennis: I love you and will never leave you.