Tears and Glory as Roger Federer Retires from Tennis

An emotional Roger Federer waved goodbye to professional tennis after teaming up with fellow great Rafael Nadal at the recent Laver Cup in England.

The 41-year-old tennis legend, winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, received a long and hearty ovation after walking off court for the final time.  Federer is rightly considered to be one of the best players in tennis history.

Federer cried as he hugged Rafael Nadal and other players, then took in the adulation from the thousands of fans who chanted his name at the O2 Arena in London.  Nadal also could not hold back the tears. The 36-year-old Spaniard cried as he sat alongside Federer during a special tribute.

Federer and Nadal – for so long rivals at the top of the men’s game – joined forces to play doubles one final time in the annual team event between Europe and the rest of the world.

Here is a snapshot of some of Roger Federer’s amazing career highlights:

  • 20 Grand Slam singles titles
  • 31 Grand Slam finals
  • 102 ATP titles
  • 6 ATP Finals victories
  • 310 weeks as World #1

More than just those numbers, tennis fans will always remember Federer’s powerful forehand, the one-handed backhand, the flawless footwork, the spectacularly effective serve and eagerness to get to the net, the willingness to reinvent aspects of his game and, the part of which he’s proudest, the unusual longevity. Beyond the elegance and effectiveness while wielding a racket, Federer’s persona made him an ambassador for tennis, someone whose immense popularity helped attract fans to the sport.

Federer summed it his feelings at the end of his final match as he acknowledged the crowd and said, “It’s been a perfect journey, I would do it all over again.”