Roger Federer Announces His Retirement From Tennis

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has announced his retirement from competitive play at the age of 41, citing signals from his body.

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Federer has had to deal with surgeries, injuries, and a burgeoning field of young players in recent years.

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Federer stated in a video message published on Thursday that his body's "message to me lately has been obvious" and added, "I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years."

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Next week, in the Laver Cup in London, he will compete in his final ATP competition. Twenty Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon, have been won by Federer.

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The ATP reports that Federer has gathered more than 100 titles overall throughout his career and a record of 1,251-275.

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They also note that he never quit a match, whether it was in singles or doubles. 

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Federer had incredible consistency at the top of the sport thanks to his tremendous abilities. He attained the title of oldest man in the category in 2018.

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Earlier in his career, he won 41 consecutive matches, a run that began the year after he won 24 consecutive competition finals from 2003 to 2005.

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Tennis player Roger Federer, who started playing at the age of 8, recalls his early exposure in Basel, Switzerland, when he watched professionals "with a sense of awe".

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He claimed that it inspired him to imagine his own role in the game and motivated him to put in a lot of effort to realise those goals.

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"I love you and I'll never leave you," he said before returning to the tennis court.