Today we watched Roger play in his last tournament. It was a solemn day here, with all of our family members across the country turning in and cheering one last time for our favorite tennis champion. We have followed him all these years, including trips to the US Open, Wimbledon and Indian Wells. We love Roger. The first time I saw Roger play in person, I felt I was watching something surreal, something like a dancer on a tennis court.
There are 2 big reasons I’ve always been grateful our kids grew up when they did. One was because they grew up watching Roger play and the second was because they grew up with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Both were magical.
Roger Federer is retiring from professional tennis at age 41 after a series of knee operations, closing a career in which he won 20 Grand Slam titles, finished five seasons ranked No. 1 and helped create a golden era of men’s tennis with rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said Thursday in a post on his social media accounts. “I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.
“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”