Roger Federer has decided to say stop. The Swiss, 41, announced this Thursday on his social networks that he would play in the Laver Cup (September 23 to 25), in London, the last tennis matches of his career. The man with twenty Grand Slam titles has not reappeared on a court in official competition since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon against Hubert Hurkacz in 2021. He had since undergone a third operation on his right knee.
“The past three years have been marked by injuries and surgeries, Federer wrote in a statement. I worked hard to get back in top form. However, I know the limits of my body and the message it sends me is clear. I’m 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has given me more than I could have dreamed of and now I have to recognize that it is time for me to end my career. »
Winner of 103 titles during his career, the former world No. 1 had been struggling for many months with a recalcitrant right knee. He shares the bill at the end of the month with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup, an exhibition during which he could only play the doubles. For farewells that promise to be rich in emotions.