Legendary Swiss tennis player Roger Federer said on Thursday that he would finish his career after next week’s Laver Cup due to ongoing knee issues.
He announced his retirement, writing on his Twitter account: “The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, 41, hasn’t competed since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2021, following which he underwent his third knee operation in 18 months.
Serena Williams, a fellow tennis great who lost in the third round of the US Open earlier this month, is almost certainly not going to play again.
Federer claimed that his body had successfully informed him that the curtain should be drawn.
“I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form,” he wrote.
“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 ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”