Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams
The Swiss player announced his retirement Sunday after nearly 15 years on the Tour.
Federer defeated Argentine Rafael Nadal on Friday to lift his eighth French Open title, his first since 2013.
He also completed a career Grand Slam, winning Wimbledon and having his fourth career US Open crown under his belt.
He had already announced his retirement from the Davis Cup team at the age of 36.
Federer has reached 10 Grand Slam finals. (CNN)
“I am very grateful to my fans for their constant support,” Federer said in a statement. “There’s not much I can add; it is the end of an era. The last couple of years haven’t been easy, and in the last few months I have had to deal with health problems.
“But I want to thank everyone for believing in me. They helped me keep on fighting and believing in myself. And I am immensely grateful for the great support I received from everyone, whether on the court or at home as a dad and a husband,” he added.
Federer’s decision to not compete was confirmed by his management team, including Simon Whitfield, who he said was “a big loss. But he’s still with us and he will still be making a difference with our Davis Cup program.”
Federer also revealed that he has been having treatment for bladder cancer. He said on his website that “it’s not easy to make this decision to retire from the Tour, but the great news is that I’ve been given the opportunity to undergo treatment.”
The Swiss star, who won the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open titles from 2001 to 2012, will retire at the end of the season. It was an announcement fans were waiting to see for years. Federer is the first active tennis player to announce his retirement, as well as the second tennis player to do so in quick succession within a year. Fed