Roger Federer’s parents and wife have played a pivotal role throughout the playing career of the Swiss maestro. So, when the time came to bid adieu to his glittering career, the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion announced his upcoming retirement in the presence of wife Mirka and parents Robert and Lynette

Federer confirmed that next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP tournament. After announcing his impending retirement, the Swiss legend said: “It was beautiful to release the news surrounded by my Mum and Dad and Mirka. Who would have thought that the journey would last this long. Just incredible!”

The Swiss legend held the world number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks from February 2, 2004 until August 18, 2008. Federer played a crucial role in securing a significant increase in prize money for players. During the 2009 French Open, he achieved the career Grand Slam and a month later, at Wimbledon, he broke Pete Sampras’ all-time men’s singles record by clinching his 15th major title.

Federer went on to add five more trophies, which makes him trail Novak Djokovic (21) and Rafael Nadal (22). Federer’s trophy cabinet includes 6 Australian Open titles, 1 French Open trophy, 8 Wimbledon trophies and 5 consecutive US Open titles.

During his ATP tour, Federer earned 1251 wins, which is the second-most after Jimmy Connors (1274). Federer also won 103 tour-level trophies, only behind Connors (109). It is to be noted that Federer never retired from a match and, at the age of 36, became the oldest world number one in the history of the ATP rankings on February 19, 2018.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form, but I also know my body’s capacities and limits and its message to me lately has been clear,” Federer said in his retirement post.

“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt and now I must recognise when it’s time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the Tour.”

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