The Legacy and Retirement of Roger Federer

Federer has finally announced his retirement from the world of tennis. The icon will be forever missed and admired by all around the world.

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Federer has finally announced his retirement from the world of tennis. The icon will be forever missed and admired by all around the world.

Emma Safari, Photojournalist

“Federer is one of the greatest players of all time and what he has accomplished during his tennis career is very impressive. He has been a big inspiration to me but I do believe that it is finally time for him to retire. I think Federer has had a very successful tennis career and I’m sad he’s not going to be playing anymore.””

— Kylie Tsai (11)

The world of tennis is losing one of the most influential players of all time. After playing more than 1,500 matches over the span of his 24-year-career, Roger Federer announced his retirement on September 15.  In 2003, Federer won his first career Grand Slam. From there, he continued to rack up the wins and accomplish the achievement of winning 19 more throughout his time.

According to statista.com, at the end of his career, Federer had a total of 20 grand slam titles, 103 single titles, and won a whopping 1,251 matches. According to tennis enthusiast Kylie Tsai (11), “Federer is one of the greatest players of all time and what he has accomplished during his tennis career is very impressive. He has been a big inspiration to me but I do believe that it is finally time for him to retire. I think Federer has had a very successful tennis career and I’m sad he’s not going to be playing anymore.”

As the years went by and Rodger grew from a teenager with a hot head and a lack of ability to accept defeat to now, a world-renowned icon who is also a father of four, the world has been able to watch Federer continue to improve his game and become a better person. Finally, at 41 years of age, Federer has finally crossed the finish line after a long and successful career. It is safe to say that Federer has made a large impact on the tennis community. Though his status is still up for debate, Federer could quite possibly be considered one of the “Big Three” in tennis. The “Big Three” is what the world of tennis considers to be the top three players in history. Roger Federer is one of the most iconic athletes in history. With millions of dollars worth of endorsement deals from big companies, some of which are Mercedes, Wilson, and Rolex, he has made an astounding name for himself.

Even athletes and individuals who do not play tennis know Roger Federer by name. “I don’t play tennis, but I have been exposed to it. My best friend has played tennis and has gone to the Junior Olympics, so I hear about tennis a lot. Roger Federer is definitely a name you can’t get away from. Even if you don’t play tennis,” James Vas (11). During his active season, he was one of the most praised players, and once he retires, he will be someone that all tennis players can look up to. Many athletes, from brand new to the sport or experienced players, will miss watching Federer play dearly, though, his presence will not be forgotten. Federer is, and will always be looked up to. He is a role model for many tennis players all across the world. 

Another tennis icon, Serena Williams, welcomed Roger to the retirement club after recently announcing her own retirement from tennis. Many athletes from different sports such as Tom Brady and Pau Gasol, praised Federer for his eventful and exciting career.