Roger Federer Announces Retirement From Tennis, Laver Cup Will Be Final Event

by Staff | September 15th, 2022, 10:24 am

There will be no drawn out retirement tour, or even a month-long celebration. Roger Federer has announced his retirement from tennis. Next week’s Laver Cup will be his final event, the Swiss star posted revealed today on social media.

Federer, now 41, hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year due to his right knee which still won’t let him return. And now time has finally caught up, he said. The message is “clear”.

“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 capabilities 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,” Federer said. “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.”

“This is a bittersweet decision,” he added, “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.”

Federer’s return has been pushed back on several occasions, but rumors of another knee setback in the last month have prompted speculation he would be unable to play the Laver Cup or Basel.

But Federer will try one last time at the event he created and in the city, London, in which he had his most memorable moments, winning his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2003.

“When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel,” Federer continued. “I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day.

“So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true.

“Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

Federer finishes with 20 Grand Slam titles and a very long list of incredible achievements. The ATP compiled many of them:
– Oldest World No. 1 (36)
– Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1 (237)
– 369 wins, 46 SFs & 58 QFs at Grand Slams
– 23 SFs & 36 QFs in a row at Grand Slams
– Most Titles at Basel (10), Halle (10), Wimbledon (8), Dubai (8)
– 103 titles – 2nd in Open Era to Jimmy Connors
– 1,251 wins – 2nd in Open Era to Connors’ 1,274
– 65 straight wins on grass (2003-08)
– 41 straight wins (2006-07)
– 24-final win streak (2003-05)
– 24 straight wins vs. Top 10 (2003-05)
– 17 straight finals (2005-06)

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29 Comments for Roger Federer Announces Retirement From Tennis, Laver Cup Will Be Final Event

Giles Says:

Posted a message on the previous thread

jatin Says:

Thank you for all you have given to tennis. You were my hero growing up and the reason why I love tennis so much. You have given me countless moments of excitement and greatness.
Always be the classiest and the most talented player to ever walk on the court. You were beyond GOAT argument which fans fight over.

Have a great life ahead Dear Roger. Always remain in our heart forever.

skeezer Says:

Also the greatest ambassador and sportsmen of this generation. He brought a toolbox of shots to tennis no one had ever seen.
Also think Rafa contributed to his greatness. Their contrasting styles were so different, yet the energies they created on the court together were unmatched. They had some of the greatest matches ever. The popcorn was popping’ every time they met.
Jatin you said the rest.

fred stone Says:

One week’s notice, another surprise attack by Federer.
He elevated the game beyond the solid past greats.
Shortening the points with hyper-agressive forays into the net to hit wild volleys to end the point displayed his high-risk high-reward style.
Of course he took it to next level with the SABR, half-volley off the serve (!st or 2nd) and charge the net.
Pure genius with a touch of insanity.
Tennis fans will remember him fondly.


#LongLiveTheQueen too. RIP

chrisford1 Says:

Good to watch him. Great before Rafa made him get even better, then Novak and the rest.
I always remember that Federer was brought up in the end of the cohort trained in serve&volley and was a young pro when they slowed down the courts because equipment had made shots too fast, too much topspin “winners”, and of course bored fans. Federer was able to adapt, he had that set of talents, of course, when many didn’t who had the serve and volley game ingrained.
So that is my “what if?” Rafa and Novak had trained as baseliners and mainly on clay..and they had gone on tour and the ATP had decided to keep the courts fast and televise more matches to boost fan interest instead.
In that different world, it would be Roger owning Novak and Rafa for a few more years on all surfaces but clay.

The consistent excellence of Federer made those around him better, and Roger gave the game itself more fame, glamor, athletic elegance.
The records are staggering but not just for wins, but consistence and being there every event for years ready to play. 23 straight semis at Slams – something oddsmakers say is one of those special stats with no odds of happening, so they don’t cover it!
Also like that after being clubbed like a baby seal by Rafa in 2009 on until 2014 – Roger regrouped, retooled, and ended his career 2015-19 winning 7 of 8 from Nadal!

Dave Says:

I hope Roger still plays on the tour again at some point. I don’t want to see him go out like this. I know he’s made this announcement today. But I still hope he comes back. And I honestly think if he has any kind of real stability in his knees again, he will play Wimbledon next year. I still think he’s coming back at some point. I’m still a bit in denial about this news. It’s real and yet it doesn’t seem real yet. No one played tennis like Roger. The moment I enjoyed the most was his run at Wimbledon in 2012. That was my favourite Federer moment.

zed Says:

I wouldn’t be surprised if he played some doubles matches. With the right team mate that could work quite well.

Just throwing it out there but a Federer-Murray partnership (assuming Andy retires soon) could be a strong team up.

Alison hodge Says:

Wow Giles, Skeezer and Jatin, Reading your posts is making me feel quite emotional, all the best Roger in your retirement.

Wog Boy Says:

Are you the Canadian Dave that lives in Mexico?

Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

Yes it’s me. I don’t post very often anymore. I was thinking Djokovic should see if he can add Lubicic to his team since Federer is retiring. That could work with Ivanisevic as well. What do you think? Maybe not right away. Because like I said in the post above, I think Federer will come back at some point. But if he doesn’t, it could work maybe.

Wog Boy Says:

Ljubičić?! Hell no!

robert Says:

Anyone who watched Federer’s rise to no.1 knows that the ‘humble’ and gracious Federer is really a recent thing.

In the early days he was very arrogant and said various disparaging things about Nadal and Djoker, who he knew were his great threats. He was all smiles when he was winning, but started behaving badly on court when the big stage losses came later on, bad sportsmanship that wasn’t obvious when he was dominating, of course.

He got a pass for everything because of the cult that built around him.

My favourite memories with Federer were the Safin SF loss at the Oz open, the Nalbandian loss at the year end champs and the Wimbledon loss to Nadal. These were all big upsets at the time and wiped the smug grin off his face for a while.

To his credit, Federer turned out to be less of a sanctimonious drone than Nadal, though.

In the end, Djokovic turned out to be the best player of all time and probably with the best all round, least fake, character.

Wog Boy Says:

I owe you an explanation about Ljubicic, it was too late last night for that.
Ljubicic, Novak, Raonic and few other Balkan boys that call Monaco home were practicing together, socialising and were house friends too, families visiting each other houses regularly, they new each other better than any other player outside that Balkan boys club, then RF offer to Ljubicic arrived (coincidentally) in 2016. and he accepted it. That was like inside job considering Nole, like betrayal considering everything above.

skeezer Says:

“… bad sportsmanship that wasn’t obvious when he was dominating, of course. ”
Bad sportsmanship? Lol…
Fed won more sportsmenship awards than anyone in the sport.
Fed wasn’t perfect, but way better than most, a class act, and he led the game with” intregrity and poise” as Djoker recently said.
Djoker fans still doing the the jealously thing.

Giles Says:

Skeezer You tell em! They’re an ignorant lot so might have some difficulty understanding!

Dave Says:

Wog Boy

I think I did hear something about that. It totally slipped my mind. It makes sense that it definitely won’t be happening. I honestly think Vajda needs to and will comeback near the end of Djokovics career, similar to Lendl with Murray. I think Vajda will go on one last run with Nole at some point.

Wog Boy Says:

Yes Dave and Ljubicic infamously dumped Raonic with some lame explanation just to show up with RF two weeks later…

chrisford1 Says:

Vajda had his fill of being persuaded to come back, then Djokovic refusing to accept Vajda’s best coaching advice. Djokovic’s decision to go to the Olympics against all coaching advice then his serious misbehavior there on court there after the USO in 2020 and nearly being disqualified at RG with a tossed racket in 2021 were factors in it.
Vajda’s also busy coaching the #1 Slovak player, so to get Marian back would require him to dump his player like Ljubicic dumped Raonic.

Roger : “To his credit, Federer turned out to be less of a sanctimonious drone than Nadal, though.”

Not aware of Rafa being that sanctimonious. Most players like and admire him. Only one of the top players that got a little too sanctimonious for me was Andy Murray when he was crusading as a better than thou Feminist advocate.

Madmax Says:

Paganini believes Federer was right to make the difficult decision to hang up his racket given all the years he has spent pushing himself for success in the sport.

“I think it’s a smart decision,” he explained. “It’s not just about the knee. Roger has played a lot of matches in his career and put his body under extreme strain. He’s had to put in an incredible amount of effort in recent years to compete at a world-class level. Imagine how many training sessions a top athlete has done up to the age of 41! It’s a miracle to me how he’s done for the past five years.

“That’s why I think this decision is so wise. You can retire from the ATP Tour, but maybe you still want to live out your passion for tennis.

I have not posted a lot recently, but I am always reading everyone’s posts, to *check in*.

Skeezer, right back at you with the comments you have made.

We knew this day would come, but I don’t know about you, always thinking, *just one more*, perhaps to end at Wimbledon next year, another shot at the title.

We have said though Skeezer, over the years haven’t we? He has done enough and he has.

The best. Just the best.

We love you Roger and we will see you at Wimbledon next year, no doubt in the commentary box! I am sure there will be some kind of celebration for Roger at Wimbledon and I cannot wait.

I will still continue to watch tennis, to wish the best for Novak and also to Rafa.

All the best tennis x’ers!


Madmax Says:

Hej Jatin!

Great to see you here!

Madmax Says:

From Paganini:

Federer is part of Bjorn Born’s team alongside Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud while Matteo Berrettini was recently announced as the team’s alternative, and will step in if Federer is unable to compete. Paganini admitted that he did not speak with Federer regarding his retirement, but he knew that the decision was coming.

“Not in this form. You can’t imagine that there is a big meeting where such topics are discussed,” Paganini replied when asked if he advised Federer on his retirement. “No, it’s about a person and the very personal decision not to play professional tennis anymore. We trainers are companions, lived with him, had everyday conversations, gave feedback. But of course, at some point you felt the direction it was going.

Dave Says:

I’m calling it now. If Federer wins his doubles match on Friday, which will be most likely with Rafa, he will play doubles again with Murray. Unless the format won’t allow it. I’m not sure.

chrisford1 Says:

Within the ATP Tour Status link Giles gave, some extraneous stuff of nature and politics, having nothing to do with tennis, but one clip is gorgeous. A protected albino moose with a full rack in Sweden..
US just found an albino black bear in Michigan last week. They went back to get more photos, videos. But cell phone snaps of the discoverer are all that will ever be…they only found remains on the return trip. Killed and eaten by wolves. Somehow that reminded me of Andy. Murray has been hauled down by the pack. Hasn’t won anything in 7 years, hasn’t made it to the QFs in any event in 6 years.
Retirement beckons for Andy!

In contrast, Roger has won three Slams, 4 Masters the same timespan since 2016 and was still Top 5 in 2020. Even in 2021 he still made QFs at Wimbledon.
Laver Cup has already had some great video for fans and it hasn’t started officially, yet. Just about the perfect way for Fed to go out, with his true peers once again, one last time. With no doubt some Hometown Hero ceremony coming for the Swiss retiree!

zed Says:

Chrisford1, You saw the remains of an albino black bear which had been killed and eaten by wolves and that reminded you of Andy Murray.

I have underestimated you Chris and I want to hang with you more often. You’re my kind of bloke :)

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