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Roger Federer announces his retirement from tennis due to knee injury

The former world No 1 is to play his last event at next weekend’s Laver Cup

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Former world No 1 Roger Federer said on Thursday he is to retire from tennis due to his ongoing knee issues.

The 41-year-old, who won 20 Grand Slam titles, 103 titles worldwide and who helped to change the game, will play his last event at the Laver Cup in London, from September 23-25.

“The past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said in a statement on social media. “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 would ever 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 the Grand Slams or on the Tour.”

“Federer: I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth”

Having had surgery on his left knee in 2016, Federer underwent three surgeries on his left knee in the space of 18 months, the first two in early 2020 and the most recent after Wimbledon 2021, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz.

“This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the Tour has given me. But at the same time there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.”

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