Federer, who won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, said injuries and surgeries had taken their toll on his body. His final competitive matches will be next week in London.
“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.”
Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, said his appearance at next week’s Laver Cup in London would be his final competitive matches.
He said he would continue to play tennis in the future, but that he would no longer compete on the ATP Tour or in Grand Slam tournaments like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that he once dominated.
Federer leaves the game with one of the greatest competitive records in the game’s history: 103 ATP singles titles, 20 Grand Slam championships, a record eight men’s singles titles at Wimbledon and a record-tying five at the U.S. Open.
Much of Federer’s career has been defined by his rivalries with the two other players at the top of men’s tennis, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Federer is the eldest of the trio