“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 drama, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.
Federer’s last major public appearance at Wimbledon came during the tribute for the outgoing long-serving BBC presenter Sue Barker. At the time, the 20-times Grand Slam champion said he hoped to return for a final Wimbledon.
“It’s great to be here with all the other champions. This court has given me my biggest wins and my biggest losses. I hope I can come back one more time,” he said on-court.
“I’ve missed it here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead. I maybe didn’t think it was going to take this long to come back – the knee has been rough on me.”