World of sport reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement
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Roger Federer’s announcement on Friday that he will retire from tennis after this season was a shock to everyone. In an emotional speech in which he urged Australian fans to continue supporting his sport, Federer said he could no longer compete physically in the best league in the world and is now concentrating on his health.
“I’m proud to have been part of a long-standing Australian Open tradition of excellence and I’m very thankful for the love and support that I have received from so many passionate tennis fans who have watched me grow over the past 20 years,” Federer said.
Here’s everything that you need to know about Federer’s retirement.
Who was Roger Federer?
Federer was born in Switzerland and earned his first tennis victory while playing in the under-one age group at the 2000 Australian Open. He turned professional in 2001, and won his first major at the 2003 French Open (as a 20-year-old) and became the first Swiss man to win an ATP World Tour singles title. In 2010 Federer won his first Grand Slam doubles title.
In 2013 Federer became the first man to win all Grand Slam titles in men’s singles — in men’s singles, he collected eight major titles and in men’s doubles four titles. Federer’s four Olympic gold medals are an amazing feat and one for which he was honoured by the International Olympic Committee, who appointed him as their Ambassador for Sport. A year later Federer was honoured with the Laureus World Sports Award for his contribution to the growth of tennis.
Federer is known for being open, honest and humble, and he never shirks from talking about his past or present. In 2017, Federer spoke about his battle against Crohn’s disease and said he does not regret the decision to retire.
“I knew it was time for me to stop,” Federer said in a speech at the Australian Open on Friday. “I felt this was the right time to call it a day.
“Over the past six to seven years, I’ve been in constant pain. But I never felt that I was in pain