Bad news for the sports world. Roger Federerone of the greatest players in the history of tennis, announced this Thursday his retirement from the circuit once he disputes the Laver Cup, which takes place next week in London.

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The Swiss is married to the former Slovak tennis player Mirka Vavrinec since 2009 and with her he has formed a large family of four children. In announcing her withdrawal, she has had a few words loaded with meaning for them.

“I want to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who has lived every minute with me. She tucked me in before the finals, has watched countless matches even while 8 months pregnant,” Federer wrote of his wife.

“I also want to thank my four wonderful children, who have always supported me, eager to explore new places and create wonderful memories on this journey. Seeing my family supporting me from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever,” he added.

Family is one of Roger’s fundamental pillars. They met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was also a professional tennis player, but she had to retire after a foot injury, and since then, she has been a PR for her husband.

They were married in Basel on April 11, 2009, at a party attended by their closest family and friends, and have formed a beautiful large family. Myla, Leo, Charlene y Lennart They are his great treasure. Both are very discreet with his private life.

The Swiss, who has not competed since Wimbledon in 2021, will end his professional career at the age of 41 and with 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. He thus culminates a legendary career in which he has raised six wins at the Australian Open, one at Roland Garros, eight at Wimbledon and five at the US Open. The eternal rival of Rafael Nadal He has also won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Davis Cup in 2014.

your goodbye letter

“Of all the gifts that tennis has given me in recent years, without a doubt, it has been all the people I have met along the way. Friends, rivals and the fans that sport has given me in this life. Today I want share some news with all of you”, he wrote at the beginning of the letter shared on Twitter and Instagram. She has also recorded an audio with his exciting words.

Physical complications have led him to leave professional sport: “As many of you know, in the last three years I have been presented with many challenges due to injuries and surgeries. I have worked hard to return to the best competitive form, but I also know the capabilities of my body and my limits and it is the message that my body has given me. I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career”.

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In addition to the message he has left for his wife and children, he has also had a few words for other essential family members in his career and in his personal life: “I would also like to thank and acknowledge my dear parents and my dear sister, Without them this would not have been possible.”

He has said goodbye to the fans, his team and the sponsors who have accompanied him with a sincere message: “So I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart, everyone around the world who has helped me to make the dreams of a young Swiss ball boy come true,” he said.