End of an Era
After 20 years of revolutionary tennis and inspirational off-the-court charisma, Roger Federer will retire from professional tennis after this weekend’s Laver Cup hosted in London. The news of his departure comes shortly after Serena Williams’ own retirement, where she just finished her last tournament at the U.S. Open with a farewell from several celebrities and politicians in attendance.
Federer, who has battled several major injuries in the past couple of years, just released the news this past week. At 41 years old, the “King of Grass” has played over 1500 professional matches, where he has accomplished 20 Grand Slam titles, 103 total titles, and hundreds of weeks as ATP’s number 1 rank. Aside from his own personal accolades, Federer has brought an attraction and entertainment to tennis through his decades-long successes and defeats with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The harmony in his “fire and ice” strategy encapsulates a strategy that not only tennis players, but athletes across the world aspire to have. By maintaining the eager determination to win, coupled with the cooling composure and focus, he earned his G.O.A.T. status for men’s professional tennis.
Although we will not see Roger Federer in another professional tournament after this upcoming weekend, his mark on the sport of tennis will be ingrained forever.
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