Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams
Roger Federer announced his retirment from the ATP Tour, and the grand slams, after winning eight singles titles during his career that began at the age of 25 and ended with his eight finalist victories at the age of 31. Federer retired because of injuries and age and says his last Slam was the French Open. That was the same Grand Slam, which he also won a record four times, in which he was a five-time champion at the same tournament.
Here are three reasons why Federer announced his retirement from the ATP Tour, and the grand slams, which can all be found in the full piece.
He wants to spend more time with his family
Federer announced his retirement during a video message, which was sent straight from Wimbledon to YouTube. The message, which features a young boy on crutches, and ends with the words “We are all sad to see you go”, is posted here, for those who are unable to watch it.
“Roger really just wanted me to spend some time with the kids,” Federer’s older sister Lisa tells CNN, “He’s missed out on some great opportunities with them, and he’s also going to miss out on some great ones with me.”
The tennis superstar spoke to CNN about his plans for his remaining tennis days. “I have some big plans coming up, in terms of going back to Grand Slams,” he said. “It’s going to take me at least two or three weeks to complete.” He plans “a couple of tournaments, three to four weeks.”
When asked if Grand Slams weren’t important in his tennis career, Federer said “I think it’s more than important. When you’re making grand slams – and I’ve been lucky enough to make them a