World of sport reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement
Roger Federer’s resignation means one of tennis’s most celebrated champions has retired from the sport at the peak of his powers.
Federer, who will be 37 on Saturday, says he has decided it is time to move on from his achievements as the game’s most beloved player.
The Swiss Open champion was the first to win the Grand Slam in 10 years and the last to do so until Novak Djokovic did it in 2010 to become the only man in the Open era to claim all four grand slams.
In an official statement, Federer said: “The final decision has been taken for me to bow out as the ‘No. 1’ player in the world. I have experienced many great moments during my career and this is the time to come to the end.”
While Federer’s announcement is the result of a series of factors, the most obvious is that he is now aged 37, and in his opinion tennis is no longer a sport for men in their late twenties.
His current career high of 23 Grand Slam titles is in the top three highest among all male players, and he is only second to Djokovic in majors won.
Federer’s career was marred by injury and fatigue – he was in and out of the top 10 of the rankings and the top 10 of the singles rankings for several years.
The former world No.1 is also the only male player to win all four majors in the same year, with his wins at the French Open in 2014 being his most prolific.
He has won 17 major titles while in his 40s, with the last being at the US Open in 2016.
Federer’s announcement follows on from the end of Roger Federer’s career as a player.
His resignation, which took the form of a statement, was announced on Tuesday by his agent, Nicklas Lundberg, and confirmed by