Tennis Legend Federer Reveals His Decision to Retire Is a ‘Relief’ to His Wife Who Did Not Enjoy Him Anymore

Tennis Legend Federer Reveals His Decision to Retire Is a ‘Relief’ to His Wife Who Did Not Enjoy Him Anymore

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM
  • Roger Federer, universally regarded by many to be the tennis GOAT after winning 20 Grand Slam titles, will retire after competing in the 2022 edition of the Laver Cup in London this week
  • Federer's retirement comes as little to no surprise following his struggles with a knee problem for the last three years with his last tournament coming at Wimbledon 2021
  • He revealed his wife Mirka Federer, who has supported her husband in the stands throughout his career, has seconded his decision to step away from tennis

Roger Federer has disclosed his decision to call time on his glittering tennis career has been welcomed by his wife Mirka.

Federer, who last played competitively in 2021 at Wimbledon, announced his decision to retire from tennis last Friday.

Widely considered the greatest player in the history of the sport, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will finally bring an end to an outstanding career in this month's Laver Cup in London.

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Roger Federer's wife, Mirka has been his backbone throughout a career which has seen him win 20 Grand Slams. Photos by Max Mumby and James D. Morgan
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Following news of his decision to retire, a truckload of sports icons including rival and friend Rafael Nadal leading industry players to bid farewell to Federer.

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Ahead of his retirement, the 41-year-old has revealed his wife is relieved with his decision as she no longer enjoyed watching him compete.

“The last few years have been tough for me, but I think it was even tougher for her,” Federer told Blick via Mirror. “With all her injuries, she didn't enjoy watching me anymore. I felt sorry for her too.
“It's a great relief for her now that it's over.’

Nadal pens a touching farewell message to tennis great Roger Federer

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Multiple Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal has penned a touching message to long-standing rival Roger Federer following the latter's announcement of retiring from the sport.

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer made public his intentions to announce his retirement from the sport, saying next week's Laver Cup will be his final ATP tournament.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam winner who has been struggling with a knee problem for the past couple of years, made the announcement via a letter posted on social media.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.