Roger Federer said he was grateful for being given a special talent for tennis and expressed gratitude to anyone who helped a young ball kid from Basel to achieve his tennis dreams. On Thursday, 41-year-old Federer revealed his plans to retire from tennis after next week's Laver Cup.
Federer is a 20-time Grand Slam champion and widely considered as the ultimate tennis icon. "This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate.
I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible”.
Federer: A young ball kid from Basel achieved his dreams
Over the course of his career, Federer had a chance to play tennis in over 40 different countries.
Federer's career was mostly filled with joy and sweet moments, but there were moment that weren't satisfying. But that's life and Federer is extremely grateful for everything for the career he enjoyed. “I have had the immense fortune to play in front of you in over 40 different countries,” Federer added.
“I have laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all I have felt incredibly alive. Through my travels, I have met many wonderful people who will remain friends for life, who consistently took time out of their busy schedules to come watch me play and cheer me on around the globe.
Thank you. When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself.
Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day. So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true. Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you”.