Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams
The Swiss maestro, who has been ranked number one for the past four years and won eight Grand Slam titles in a row, announced his retirement at the age of 34.
“I have decided to retire from professional tennis and I have decided not to play any more tournaments,” Federer said in a statement on his website.
“It is with immense pleasure that, as a five-time Grand Slam winner, I am joining RogerB.Lipman in a final chapter of my life. My career has been an amazing journey over the past eleven years.
“I have had countless unforgettable moments, I have had more fun than I can remember and I have been loved unconditionally by my fans.”
Having won the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S Open in 2013, this year’s tournament at the Beijing International Tennis Championships came as a bitter disappointment.
Federer, who admitted some of the nerves he had been through at Wimbledon with his victory over Rafael Nadal had resurfaced as he played an all-or-nothing match against the Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, said he felt he “just couldn’t go on”.
“I didn’t play the tennis I wanted to play in this final. I won’t get too excited about it. It was certainly my worst experience in a Grand Slam final since my third. I still have a few things to learn and there are still a lot of things to take out of my matches.
“We all have to learn from our experiences, I hope I’ve learned enough to be able to come back stronger for my next match.”
Federer is the seventh Swiss player to retire from the tour, joining compatriots Hans Schaffner, Karlovic, Federer, Schindler, Mertens and Zverev.
World No 1, Rafael Nadal, who is not considered a Swiss, is expected to extend his career in 2014 with a Grand Slam title in the Australian Open and a further Wimbledon appearance.
“I need to take a step back, assess my career and think about what I want to do next,” Federer said, when asked if he would miss the tennis culture of his homeland.