Roger Federer

In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019 Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer of Switzerland is silouhetted against the sky on a boat in Geneva during a presentation ahead of the Laver Cup tournament that will take place in Geneva next September. – Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is to retire after next week’s Laver Cup, he said on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Stefan WERMUTH / AFP)

Roger Federer: Watch the GOAT in the 1998 Wimbledon Boys’ final

Roger Federer called time on his glittering 24-year professional tennis career today. Watch him here at Wimbledon in 1998 as a junior.

Roger Federer

In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019 Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer of Switzerland is silouhetted against the sky on a boat in Geneva during a presentation ahead of the Laver Cup tournament that will take place in Geneva next September. – Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is to retire after next week’s Laver Cup, he said on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Stefan WERMUTH / AFP)

41-year-old Roger Federer has announced his retirement from competitive tennis after struggling through injury in the last three years.

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Wimbledon was Federer’s favourite tournament and he obviously has fond memories of it. He collected eight of his 20 Grand Slam titles on the grass courts at SW19, but it all began for him as a junior back in 1998.

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Here is a 16-year-old Roger Federer contesting and winning the 1998 Wimbledon Boys Final. Video: @wimbledon / Twitter.

I am 41 years old, I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years,” Federer said in an audio clip posted on social media. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamed and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

Roger Federer on his retirement
Roger Federer will retire next week. Photo: Archives
Roger Federer will retire next week. Photo: Archives

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Federer walks away from tennis a stellar competitive records: 103 ATP singles titles, 20 Grand Slam singles titles and 310 weeks ranked No. 1. Will there ever be another player quite like Roger Federer? Probably not.

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