Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams
Federer: “I made a choice to retire”
The world’s No. 1 tennis player announces his decision to leave the ATP Tour and the tennis grand slams.
“A year ago, one of the greatest things I have ever done in my career was play Grand Slam for the US Open, to win three of the four Grand Slams. It was a spectacular run,” Federer said in a statement on his twitter account. “In this last year, I have continued to play very well but just cannot win three of the four. I am proud to say that I made a choice to retire because this has become too difficult.”
“I would like to thank everyone for the many messages of support and good wishes. I have greatly enjoyed my time playing tennis to date and have a great deal more to look forward to. I will now embark on an exciting new challenge. Thank you all for your loyalty.”
He added: “Please be patient with the process. I have learned to deal with disappointment and anger in other ways. The good thing is that I will have the support of my family and friends. I would like to say to everyone that I will never forget the love and support of tennis. Thank you for all your support and wishes. I will always be deeply grateful to this sport.”
Federer ended the 2016 season with a disappointing year that saw him hit just one Grand Slam victory, all of which on clay, failing to win at Wimbledon, the US Open or the Australian Open for the first time since 2008.
The four Grand Slams are also the last to be won by a Swiss player as a No. 1, and it is his first Grand Slam final since he was beaten for the first time in a Grand Slam final in June 2010.
Federer was the previous record holder of the most Grand Slam singles titles (seven), which he won at the US Open, Wimbledon and all four Grand Slams in the same year after defeating Jarkko Nieminen in the final in 2012.
“I am grateful for the fans and the support of my team and family, which has provided me with happiness, inspiration, and the opportunity to succeed in my tennis career,” said Federer.
Tennis’ No. 1 retired after the 2017 Australian Open:
“I am retiring from tennis. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my