Federer’s Fantastic Finish


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On Sunday, September 25, Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis professional considered by many as the greatest tennis player of all time, retired after 24 years of competition. Federer announced his retirement on social media on the 15th of September, after three years of struggling with injuries and surgeries. He also took the opportunity to thank the sport and those who supported him, sharing on his Instagram “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.”

Federer’s accomplishments over his decades of competition on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour are astonishing: 20 Grand Slam titles including 8 Wimbledon titles and 5 consecutive U.S. Open titles, 103 tour singles titles, 310 weeks as the ranked No. 1 player in the world, and 65 grass court wins in a row from 2003-2008.

From September 23-25, Federer played his last tournament, the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, and for the last match of his career, he partnered with his rival and friend, Rafael Nadal. Although they lost in a close match, coming down to 11-9 in a tiebreak, Roger said in a short interview after the match “it feels like a celebration to me. It’s exactly what I had hoped for.”