Laver Cup: Tickets to see Roger Federer play for the last time sell for more than £1,000

Laver Cup: Tickets to see Roger Federer play for the last time sell for more than £1,000

To my tennis family and beyond, of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all, the fans who give life to the sport.

Today I want to share some news with you all. As many of you know, the last three years have given me challenges in the form of injuries and operations.

I have worked hard to get back into full competition shape. But I also know the body’s capacity and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.

I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 games over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed and now I have to realize when it is time to end my competitive career.

The Laver Cup in London next week will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in the Grand Slams or on the tour.

This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the trip has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I developed a special talent for playing tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, much longer than I ever thought possible.

I would especially like to thank my wonderful wife Mirka, who has lived through every minute with me. She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless games even while over 8 months pregnant, and has persevered on the road with my team for over 20 years.

I would also like to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and create wonderful memories along the way.

Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.

I would also like to thank and acknowledge my dear parents and my dear sister, without whom nothing would be possible. A big thank you to all my previous coaches who always guided me in the right direction. you have been amazing. And to Swiss Tennis, who believed in me as a young player and gave me an ideal start.

I really want to thank and acknowledge my amazing team, Ivan, Dani, Roland, and especially Seve and Pierre, who have given me the best advice and have always been there for me. Also Tony, for creatively directing my business for over 17 years.

You are all incredible and I have loved every minute with you.

I would like to thank my loyal sponsors, who are truly like partners to me; and the hard-working teams and tournaments on the ATP Tour, who consistently welcomed you all with kindness and hospitality.

I would also like to thank my competitors on the track. I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We fought fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful.

We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels. Above all, I must give a special thanks to my incredible fans. You will never know how much strength and faith you have given me. The inspiring feeling of walking into full stadiums and arenas has been one of the great thrills of my life. Without you, these successes would have felt lonely, instead of filled with joy and energy.

The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure. Although it sometimes feels like it passed in 24 hours, it has also been so deep and magical that it seems like I’ve already lived a lifetime.

I have had the great fortune to play in front of you in over 40 different countries. I have laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all I have felt incredibly alive.

Through my travels I have met many amazing people who will remain friends for life, who consistently took time out of their busy schedules to come watch me play and cheer me on all over the world. Thank you.

When my love for tennis started, I was a young bull in my hometown of Basel. I used to look at the players with a sense of wonder. They were like fighting for me, and I started to dream. My dreams made me work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success gave me confidence and I was on the most amazing journey that has led to this day.

So I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true.

Finally, to the tennis game: I love you and will never leave you.

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