One of the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer has announced he will retire from top-level tennis after the Laver Cup in London this month.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not played since Wimbledon 2021, after which he had a third knee operation.
“My body’s message to me lately has been clear,” Federer said.
“I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
He added: “To the game of tennis, I love you and will never leave you.”
Federer has struggled with a knee problem for the past three years that have restricted him to only three of the 11 Grand Slams staged since the start of 2020.
He has not played a competitive match since losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last summer.
He subsequently announced he needed more surgery on his knee having previously had two operations in 2020.