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Roger Federer retires from ATP Tour and grand slams

Roger Federer retires from ATP Tour and grand slams

Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams

Roger Federer announced his retirement from the ATP Tour and all grand slams for 2018 on Monday (June 16) after a career spanning 34 years.

The world No. 1 will finish his career as the all-time leader in grand slam singles and the only man to have won five different slams.

Federer won 26 consecutive singles titles, finishing runner-up with nine wins from last year (2014-16) and 15 runner-up showings since his 15th grand slam – the US Open – in 2009, including a win in that year’s final. Federer has won the Australian Open twice (2009, 2010) the French Open once (2011) and Wimbledon twice (2008 and ’11).

The Swiss player will retire as the all-time record holder in men’s singles clay-court grand slam titles, surpassing Rafael Nadal in the men’s doubles. Federer has won 15 titles on clay courts, with two coming in the summer of 2016. Federer has also won in 2013 (ATP World Tour Finals), 2014 (ATP World Tour finals) and 2015 (French Open) on grass courts.

Federer is the first male tennis player in the open era (since 1968) to have won the four majors, the Australian and French Opens, Wimbledon and Australian Open, all in the same calendar year.

The news comes as a shock after Federer’s retirement in January following a disappointing season which saw him lose in the semifinals of the Australian Open, be forced to retire prematurely due to injury and then lose to a resurgent Novak Djokovic in the last-16 of the French Open.

Federer was given three years on his five-year contract extension in August.

“It is with great joy and happiness that I announce my retirement from the ATP tour and grand slams,” Federer said in a statement. “I want to thank all my fans, sponsors and everyone who has supported me over the years.

“Now the moment has come where it is time for me to have some peace,” he said.


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