Monday, October 3, 2022

Latest Posts

Infographic: Roger Federer’s career in the charts

The 20-time Grand Slam winner puts down his racquet after more than 20 years on the court. Al Jazeera looks at his life in numbers.

Roger Federer, one of the most successful male tennis players in the world, will play the last game of his professional career at the Laver Cup in London on Friday.

Known for his graceful one-handed backhand, the 41-year-old Swiss player started playing tennis at the age of eight and has risen to become one of the greatest players in tennis history. He has won 103 ATP Tour titles including 20 Grand Slams.

In a statement shared on his social media on September 15, Federer said: “I’ve played more than 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed possible and now I have to realize when it’s time to end my competitive career.”

Despite being experienced on many surfaces, Federer is known for being a tour de force at Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam event played on grass. He won eight of his 20 Grand Slam titles there, beating Sampras’ record of seven.

Compared to other male tennis players, Federer has the third most Grand Slam titles behind Spain’s Rafael Nadal at 22 and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at 21.

Federer has appeared in 31 Grand Slam finals, one behind Djokovic at 32. Federer’s most recent Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon in 2019, where he narrowly lost to Djokovic in a five-set match lasting nearly five hours.

Federer has held the number one spot in men’s tennis for a total of 310 weeks, behind Djokovic, who has spent 373 weeks at number one. From 2004 to 2008, Federer held the number one ranking for 237 consecutive weeks.

Of the players currently still on tour, Federer has won the most ATP Tour singles titles with 103. Nadal has won 92 and Djokovic 88.

With a career spanning more than 1,500 games, Federer has some of the best stats in tennis history, including:

In 2003, the tennis superstar founded the Roger Federer Foundation with the aim of giving poor children in African countries an education.

According to the foundation, she has spent $70.5 million on initiatives that provide physical and financial support to 9,300 elementary and preschool schools.

Athletes from around the world praised Federer after announcing his retirement.

“I wish that day had never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sport around the world. It has been a pleasure but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you and experience so many amazing moments on and off the pitch.

“We will have many more moments together in the future, there is still a lot to do together, we know that. For now, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best with your wife Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what lies ahead.”

“Roger, it’s hard to look at this day and put into words everything we’ve shared together in this sport. Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to remember. Her career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and composure.

“It’s an honor to know you on and off the pitch for many years to come. I know this new chapter will have amazing things in store for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones and Roger fans to look forward to.

“From our family to yours, we wish you much happiness, health and prosperity in the future.”

“I wanted to find the perfect way to say this as you so eloquently brought this game to a close – done perfectly, just like your career.

“I’ve always looked up to you and admired you. Our paths were always so similar, so similar. You have inspired untold millions and millions of people – including me – and we will never forget it.

Latest Posts

Don't Miss