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By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday, September 15, 2022


Roger Federer will close the curtain on his glorious career at this month's Laver Cup at London's O2 Arena.

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The Swiss Maestro will play his swansong at Laver Cup this month.

Roger Federer announced he will retire from the pro circuit after playing Laver Cup at London's O2 Arena, which starts September 23rd.

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"The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event," Federer said in a statement. "I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour."

The 41-year-old Federer has not played since bowing to Hubert Hurkacz in the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals. Federer, who underwent a third knee surgery after that Wimbledon loss, has spent months rehabbing.

The former world No. 1 said his body is telling him the time has come to close the curtain on his glorious career.

"My body's message to me lately has been clear," Federer said. "I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career."

Widely regarded as one of the most elegant champions in the history of the sport, Federer concludes his career with 103 career titles, a 1,251-275 record, more than $130 million in career prize money and provider of thousands of thrills to devoted Fed fans around the world.

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Federer contested an astounding 23 straight major semifinals and 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals starting at the 2004 Wimbledon.

A testament to Federer's passion for play: in 1,526 singles matches and 223 doubles matches the Swiss stylist never once retired from a pro match. Federer was also a consummate team player. He partnered friend Martina Hingis to the 2001 Hopman Cup championship—Hingis joked "I taught Roger how to win"—and joined forces with good buddy Stan Wawrinka to the Olympic doubles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The pair powered Switzerland to its lone Davis Cup championship in 2014.

Fittingly, Federer will close his career playing alongside fellow Big 4 icons—Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray—on Team Europe at Laver Cup. 

The Big 4 combined to claim 66 of the last 77 Grand Slam titles, have won every Wimbledon men’s singles title since 2003 and have held the top spot in the rankings for 18 consecutive years from February 2004-February 2022.

The Big 4 are reuniting to create tennis' ultimate dream team at Laver Cup from September 23-25th at the O2 Arena in London.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion said while he's closing the chapter on his competitive career, his devotion to tennis is eternal.

"To the game of tennis, I love you and will never leave you." Federer said.

In July of 2021, Federer deployed variety defeating Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to become the oldest Wimbledon men's quarterfinalist in Open era history.

One round later, Hubert Hurkacz swept a flat Federer 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 storming into his first Grand Slam semifinal.

The former world No. 1 was bageled for the first time at SW19 suffering his first Wimbledon straight-sets loss since he bowed to Mario Ancic in the 2002 first round.

The capacity Centre Court crowd stood and saluted the eight-time Wimbledon champion with a rousing extended ovation as Federer waved in an emotional exit after enduring just his third straight-sets loss in 119 career Wimbledon matches.

Asked afterward if it was his final farewell to Wimbledon, Federer said he was unsure.

"I don't know. I really don't know," Federer said. "I got to regroup. My goal was always for the last year and more to always try to play another Wimbledon. The initial goal, like you know, was to play last year. That was anyway never going to happen. Plus the pandemic hit. I was able to make it this year, which I'm really happy about."

In the space of a few weeks we've seen 23-time Grand Slam champion announc her "evolution" away from tennis amid speculation her US Open loss to Ajla Tomljanovic may well have been her final match. And now Federer signals he will depart the stage in London.

The end of an era that began in New York City will truly close in London as fans have one final chance to celebrate Federer in his farewell.


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