New Delhi: Roger Federer surprised his fans on Thursday, September 15, by announcing his retirement from tennis. Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slams, has decided to retire at the age of 41. Roger has not competed since Wimbledon in July 2021. Meanwhile, he has had several knee operations.
Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles and the Swiss player said that the upcoming Laver Cup season will be his last ATP tournament. He has played more than 1500 matches in 24 years, although the last three years proved to be a struggle for his tennis life.
Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, while last title was at the Australian Open in 2018. Since then, he was constantly trying to return to the court, but could not succeed.
Here are 20 interesting facts about Roger Federer’s career:
- Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003 at the age of just 22
- The 41-year-old is known for his excellent ‘forehand serve’, ‘footwork’, and aggressive play.
- In 2018, Roger became the world’s oldest No. 1 at the age of 36.
- The Swiss icon has played 223 doubles matches in his career.
- Federer has won 20 Grand Slams and 103 career ATP titles.
- Federer won his last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2018.
- Roger Federer reached the final of 2019 Wimbledon, where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in a thrilling match.
- After the final of the 2019 Wimbledon Roger was away from the game for a long time due to a knee injury.
- Federer became the first male tennis player to win 20 career Grand Slam titles after defeating Marin Cilic in the final of the 2018 Australian Open.
- The last time Roger Federer took part was at the 2021 French Open, where he retired after a third-round victory.
- Federer has won eight Wimbledon Championships, six Australian Open, five US Open, and one Roland-Garros winning a total of 103 titles on the Tour.
- Roger has also won two Olympic medals for Switzerland. In Beijing, he won Olympic gold in doubles and won silver in singles in 2012.
- Federer once held the record for 237 consecutive weeks as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. He was world number one for 310 weeks in his career.
- Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) have overtaken Roger Federer in terms of Grand Slam titles.
- Federer’s last match was on 7 July 2021, when he lost to Hubert Hurkaz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Center Court.
- Federer had surgery on his right knee, his third knee operation in a year and a half just before his last match.
- Roger gave tough competition to top players younger than him. In this, he played many memorable matches against 36-year-old Nadal and 35-year-old Djokovic.
- Federer’s wife Mirka has also been a tennis player. Both were at the Olympics for the first time.
- Roger and his wife have two twins (four) children.
- Federer surpassed Pete Sampras’ record to win a total of 20 majors. He won eight championships at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open, and one at the French Open. He completed his career Grand Slam with the 2009 victory at the French Open.