Roger Federer is ending his career. The Laver Cup in London next week will be his last appearance, the 41-year-old announced on Thursday.

Federer, who has been struggling with injury problems of late, announced via Instagram that his appearance at the Laver Cup next week will be his last ATP tournament.

The long-time world number one cited physical ailments as the reason. “This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me,” Federer wrote.

Federer wins 20 Grand Slam titles

The Basel native has won 20 Grand Slam titles and a total of 103 singles titles. He was the Olympic doubles champion in Beijing in 2008 and won the Davis Cup with Switzerland in 2014.

The son of a Swiss and a South African turned professional in 1998, celebrated his first tournament victory in Milan in 2001 and made his breakthrough in 2003 with the first of eight triumphs on the grass at Wimbledon. In the following years, Federer came close several times to becoming the second player to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year, but he was no match for Rafael Nadal on clay at the French Open. Only when Nadal missed the final there in 2009 did Federer also prevail in Paris.

Federer had great duels with Nadal, as he did later with Djokovic, and suffered bitter defeats, including in the Wimbledon finals. In the course of his more than two-decade-long career, he also made a grand comeback several times after injuries or weaker years. In 2012, he also climbed back to the top of the world rankings by winning Wimbledon, and in 2017 he beat Nadal in a memorable final at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where he also won the last of his 20 Grand Slam titles a year later. In 2019, after missing match points, he lost the Wimbledon final to Djokovic, who, like Nadal, replaced him as world number one.

Federer was an aesthete on the court

Fans adored Federer for his aesthetic game, which sometimes made even the most difficult shots look amazingly easy. There was a lot of power and athleticism in his most offensive appearance on the court. Federer, who was sometimes hot-tempered in his younger years, grew with his sporting success into a world-class sportsman who was always modest, patient, and also witty in his dealings with fans and could speak fluent English and French.

Federer traveled the world with his wife Mirka, a former professional player from the Czech Republic, the couple’s two sets of twins, and his entourage – albeit in measured doses. Early on, he limited his program to important tournaments to give his body a break. Now Federer is finally retiring from the traveling life as a professional tennis player.