Tennis legend Roger Federer, 41, has announced he will be retiring from the sport.
The Swiss star broke the news on social media on Thursday afternoon September 15.
He thanked fans for the “incredible journey” he’s been on throughout his 24-year career.
He revealed that recent injuries and fitness issues had made him realize that “it was time to finish” and that he would play his last match at next week’s Laver Cup in London.
Federer will go down as one of the greatest players of all time having won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon – more than any other player in history.
He wrote in a statement posted on Instagram: “As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and operations.
“I know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear.
“I’m 41, I’ve played over 1,500 games…Now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career. It’s a bittersweet decision, because everything the tour has given me I will miss it. But at the same time, there’s so much to celebrate.”
Federer described himself as “one of the luckiest people on the planet” and thanked his wife Mirka for “living every minute with me”, and signed off saying: “To the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”
See his full statement below.