Roger Federer announces his retirement from competitive tenni

Roger Federer announces his retirement from competitive tenni

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has announced he's retiring from competition, saying that at age 41, his body is telling him the time has come.

Roger Federer has announced

In recent years, Federer has contended with injuries and surgeries as well as a rising crop of new stars.

njuries and surgeries

" Federer played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years," 

His final ATP event will come next week, at the Laver Cup in London.

Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon. 

Over his career, Federer has won more than 100 titles total and amassed a 1,251-275 record, according the ATP, which adds that he never retired from a match, in singles or doubles 

Earlier in his career, he notched 41 match wins in a row — a sequence that started the year after he won 24 tournament finals straight, from 2003-2005. 

"The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure," Federer said, describing the highs and lows of playing his sport in more than 40 countries.

"Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you." – Federer