latest reaction as tennis great bows out, age 41

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Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis - REUTERS

Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis – REUTERS

Tennis great Roger Federer has announced his retirement from the sport, with next week’s Laver Cup in London set to be his final ATP event.

In a post on his Instagram page, Federer said: “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form.

“But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.

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

This a breaking news story, more to follow

02:59 PM

LTA chief exec Scott Lloyd reacts

“He will retire as one of the legends of the game, who brought joy to anyone who watches tennis. Nobody who saw him play will forget his grace, elegance and poise on court.

We were lucky that many of his greatest performances took place at Wimbledon, and he will always remain a favourite of the British crowds. He’ll be much missed and we wish him well in the future.”

02:58 PM

Federer’s statement in audiovisual form

02:55 PM

Roger Federer’s career in numbers

20 Grand Slam titles (Eight  Wimbledon titles, Six Australian Opens, Five US Opens and One French Open)
103 ATP titles
237 consecutive weeks at No 1
Turned professional in 1998
£113,692,166 total prize money
1,526 matches and 1,251 wins

02:51 PM

Roland Garros chimes in

“Just” the one French Open title for Federer, in 2009.

02:46 PM

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A composite image of Roger Federer celebrating wimbledon titles

A composite image of Roger Federer celebrating wimbledon titles

02:43 PM

That’s Serena Williams and Roger retiring in close succession

Tennis will never be quite the same.

Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia - Getty Images AsiaPac 

Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia – Getty Images AsiaPac

02:37 PM

Wimbledon pays tribute

02:37 PM

Where Federer ranks in Grand Slam singles titles

02:31 PM

His final Grand Slam title

Australian Open - Men's singles final - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2018. Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland cries while holding the trophy - REUTERS

Australian Open – Men’s singles final – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2018. Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland cries while holding the trophy – REUTERS

Federer won the last of his 20 major singles titles at the Australian Open in 2018.

02:28 PM

More from Federer

“This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.

“I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who has lived through every minute with me. She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches even while over eight-months pregnant, and has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years.

“I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and creating wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on the strands is a feeling I will cherish forever.”

02:21 PM

Breaking news

Roger Federer has announced he will retire from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London after failing to recover from a long-term knee injury.

In a post on his Instagram page, Federer said: “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.

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