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Roger Federer to retire after Laver Cup

Roger Federer has announced he will retire from the sport at the age of 41 and with 20 Slam titles to his name. 

The former world number one is set to appear at the fifth edition of the Laver Cup in London, UK from 23-25th September in what will be his last appearance as a professional tennis player.

“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career,” Federer said in a statement on social media.

“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, 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.”

Federer last played competitively at Wimbledon in July 2021, losing in the quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz, but had said he would play at the 2022 Swiss Indoors in Basel next month, a tournament he has won 10 times.

Instead, the legend will end his ATP career with a fourth appearance at the tournament he helped establish, in a city where he has seen his greatest successes at Wimbledon and the ATP Finals.

After thanking all those that have supported him throughout his life and career, Federer ends the piece: “Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

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