Roger Federer retires: his most personal side and large fortune

Roger Federer retires: his most personal side and large fortune

The career of one of the best in the world in the history of tennis has come to an end. Roger Federer has announced his retirement at the age of 41, after more than three decades in business and a last stage marked by injuries. Winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments, his career is full of professional achievements and milestones that no one has surpassed to date. Among them, being the tennis player with the most titles and victories on hard court and on grass and the second tennis player with the most titles won 'outdoor' in the Open Era. Retiring has been, therefore, a thoughtful decision and one of the most important steps in his life. "As many of you know, the last three years have been a challenge for me due to injuries and operations. I have worked hard to be able to return to my best form, but I also know the limitations of my body and the messages it has sent me have been clear. [...] I am 41 years old, I have played more than 1,500 matches for 24 years, tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of and you have to recognize when it is time to put an end to my professional career, " Federer explains in a video on his social networks.

Born on August 8, 1981 in Basel (Switzerland), Roger Federer grew up in a middle-class family with his older sister, Diana. Son of Lynette and Robert Federer, she of South African origin and he of Swiss origin, until becoming her manager, he earned a good living as a representative of the Ciba-Geigy (Novartis) pharmaceutical laboratories. There are those who say that the key to Federer's greatness lies precisely in the little support he received from his parents at the beginning, who made an effort to keep his feet on the ground and be consistent with his actions.

 "Here's the part of Roger's greatness: as a kid he didn't focus on tennis and didn't get much hitting or strength training. He played a lot of different sports, like skateboarding, swimming, table tennis, soccer and badminton. "He didn't start playing competitive tennis until he was a teenager. Even then his parents discouraged him from taking it too seriously," Bill Gates himself wrote on his blog.

It wasn't until he was fourteen that he started to turn pro and the rest is history. However, among the few statements that the tennis player's father has given publicly, he even confessed that his son had a rebellious adolescence, in which his strong character and his competitiveness led him to star in some other important incident with their rivals. "When I was very young, and I started playing at three years old, I was always swearing on the court, throwing rackets and everything else. My parents were embarrassed and told me to stop behaving like that, otherwise they wouldn't come anymore. tournaments with me. I had to calm down, but it took me until I was 19 years old to start improving in that aspect", assured Roger in an interview, while trying to set an example for his followers.

Luckily, he matured and learned to remain calm in all aspects of his life and this was perhaps what conquered who today is his wife and the mother of his children, Mirka Vavrinec. The couple met at the Sydney Olympics and married nine years later, at a party attended by his closest family and friends. They have four children, two twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, who were born in Switzerland on July 23, 2009, and two other twins, Leo and Lenny, who were born in May 2014. The success of their love story lies , in part, in that she is also a tennis player, already retired, because she decided to prioritize her personal life next to the star of the racket. Although her career cannot be compared to that of her husband (injuries dragged on her chances), this Slovakian, who emigrated to Switzerland when she was only two years old, fully understands the sacrifices that Roger Federer has had to undergo throughout its trajectory.

"If my wife tells me to stop, I leave without any problem. She is my best support. I continue for her; otherwise, I would have stopped being a tennis player a long time ago. Nobody supports me like her and she does a great job with the children Life would be very different without her", assured the tennis player in 'Mundo Deportivo' a few years ago, praising who, without a doubt, is the love of his life. Life hasn't gone bad for Roger Federer either personally or financially. According to Wikipedia data, the Swiss would have earned a whopping 130,594,339 US dollars during his sports career. Something that is not surprising, considering that last year he entered a privileged list of athletes who had generated more than 1,000 million dollars, formed only by the golfer Tiger Woods, the boxer Floyd Mayweather, the basketball player LeBron James and the soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.