Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams on the opening day of season 2020 at Wimbledon.
SINGAPORE: (September 11, 2020) — Four-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer will play his last match on the ATP Tour and in a grand slam final on Monday at Wimbledon, ending his career with a total of 18 titles — including the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Wimbledons.
“Having been through so many amazing moments so many times, I would like to spend the rest of my life doing what I love doing, and that’s tennis,” Federer told reporters at Media Day for the 2020 ATP Tour Season in Singapore. “I’ve worked really hard to put together a very competitive team throughout my career, and now it’s the time to really focus on having a good final season and winning as many tournaments as I can that have an impact and help us to hopefully get back in the mix at the top or back into the top four.
“I feel like I’ve put this season together in a way that hopefully will allow me to end on a positive note, which hopefully will allow me to start on a positive note for next season… I’m really excited to have a final season, and it’s a very special last match. I’m really looking forward to it.”
The 32-year-old Swiss left his hometown of Basel, Switzerland, to move to Miami to play for Roger Federer’s new signature tennis academy and to start an exciting career at the age of 33.
The former world No. 1 has gone through many ups and downs throughout his illustrious career but has always showed his strength and mental fortitude in the face of adversity.
“It may be sad that I will be ending my career after such a successful final season, but it’s also been an amazing run,” he said. “I feel like the tennis has been very challenging and very important for my career, and I’m really grateful for all the opportunities that I’ve had to play at this level.
“I really feel that I’ve gotten to a stage where I feel like I’ve become a better tennis player, and also feel like I’ve gotten to a stage where I feel like I have to compete at a higher level to be successful.”
Federer will play his 11th grand slam final this season, equalling Pete Sampras and Roger