End of an era: Tennis legend Roger Federer announces retirement from ATP tournaments, calling the moment ‘bittersweet’.
by The Canadian Parvasi
Legendary tennis player Roger Federer has announced his retirement from ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tournaments via a letter he shared to all his social media. He informed tennis fans that the upcoming 2022 Laver cup that will last from Friday, September 23rd to Sunday
, September 25th will be his final ATP event.
Citing health complications as the main reason for quitting, Federer stated in his letter, “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to my full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits and its message to me lately has been clear.”
Continuing on about his stellar and impressive legacy, Federer stated, “I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I would have ever dreamt, and now I must realize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
Reiterating that he would never leave tennis, he stated that he will still participate in the game just not in the Grand Slam, tours or any ATP event.
He continued further in the letter expressing gratitude to his wife stating, “I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who has lived through every minute with me. She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches even while over 8- months pregnant, and has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years.”
He then went on to extend his gratitude towards his parents, his sister and his four children for always pointing him in the right direction and cheering him on from the stands.
He continued further by expressing his thankfulness to his team in the gratitude-filled address stating, “I really want to thank and acknowledge my amazing team, Ivan, Dani, Roland, and particularly Seve and Pierre, who have given me the best advice and have always been there for me. Also, Tony, for creatively managing my business for over 17 years. You are all incredible and I have loved every minute with you,”
He continued on by thanking his competitors, who he had nothing but good things to say about, exhibiting his true sportsman spirit. He then took the time to express his utmost gratitude to his fans for giving him the strength and belief to go on. He cited that fame would have been incredibly lonely if it weren’t for his fans.
He finished off the letter by talking about his love for tennis as a child.
He stated that he first started falling in love with the game when he was a ball boy in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland. In a full circle moment, it is speculated that he has plans to make an appearance in the Centre Court in Basel.
He finished off the letter by, once again, reiterating his love for the game. “Finally, to the game tennis: I love you and will never leave you,” he said finishing off the letter
Words like stellar, ground-breaking and trailblazing do not even begin to describe the trajectory of his career. Over the span of 24 years, he won 103 ATP singles titles and overall 1,251 matches out of the roughly 1,500 he played. He also has to his name 20 Grand Slam titles and a record of eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles.
The heart wrenching news left fans conflicted. On the one hand, they wanted Federer to put his health first and foremost and on the other, they also recognize how huge of a loss this is for tennis as a sport.
Echoing the sentiment of many, one twitter user wrote, “End of an era – absolute legend, and the greatest ever player in the history of the sport for me. Not only in his achievements but in the way he played too. Utter class act.”