Roger Federer Announces Imminent Retirement From Tennis
After over 1500 professional matches across 24-plus years, Roger Federer is finally putting down his tennis racquet. The Swiss all-time great took to Instagram overnight to announce his retirement from ATP tennis after the Laver Cup in London next week.
In the lengthy letter posted online, Federer thanks his closest supporters, family and competitors for allowing him to play tennis ‘for much longer than I thought possible.’
More pertinent in the sneaker space is Federer’s solid sponsorship history, which included a very long stint with Nike that spawned a series of highly collectible collaborations. In the past few years, he partially bankrolled running shoe company On, helping develop a new tennis category and signature shoe named The Roger.
After the Laver Cup, Federer will no longer play in grand slams and the top-flight professional tour. This doesn’t mean he’s quitting tennis, however, as he’ll likely continue being an ambassador for the sport and possibly even becoming a mentor down the line.