Roger Federer (41) is retiring from professional tennis. After a series of knee operations, he is closing a career in which he won 20 Grand Slam titles, finished five seasons ranked No. 1 and helped create a golden era of men's tennis with rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me," Federer said. "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."
You can watch his entire farewell speech here:
"Roger Federer is a champion's champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with an amazing quickness on the court and a powerful tennis mind. He has had a historic career with memories that will live on and on." said Billie Jean King.
Federer will for sure be a player that will be remembered for many many years – he is a legend.
In the life of every athlete once comes a day when he has to decide to end his professional career (unfortunately for some it is earlier, due to injury or other difficulties, for some it is later). This difficult decision is accompanied by countless hours of consideration, discussion and planning of how to proceed in life.
That is also why it is important for a person to have people around him who can provide him with support in these difficult times. At the same time, the athlete needs to be sure that he has enough financial reserves to be able to survive even without the income he was used to. Of course, he will finally have enough time to spend time with his family and enjoy his hobbies, but let's not forget that ending a career creates a big void in a person's life - and the space and time that sport used to fill up until now will have to be filled with other activities. The athlete needs to have a clear plan of what he will do with so much time. Many former athletes later work as coaches, managers, teachers or decide to continue their education and start working in a completely different industry. A person must find something that he enjoys and that fulfills him, just as sport did before - only then he will be satisfied and full of energy and determination.
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