WATCH: Roger Federer breaks down during farewell interview while thanking wife Mirka

Roger Federer gets emotional while thanking his wife Mirka as he retires from professional tennis after 24 long and successful years.

Mirka Federer and Roger Federer
Mirka Federer and Roger Federer

Roger Federer is officially a former player now as the Swiss maestro brought the curtain down on his illustrious career. Playing at the 2022 Laver Cup, Federer partnered Rafael Nadal in the doubles for his final official ATP game before stepping away from the sport once and for all.

Gotten emotional with all the love from fans and colleagues alike, Federer was in tears and choked up more when talking about his wife Mirka who was in the stands watching him play for the one last time. A constant companion even before he won his first major, it was a very emotional and heartwarming moment.

“My wife is so supportive. She could have stopped me a long, long time ago, but you didn’t. She kept me going and allowed me to play. Thank you,” said Federer, not without taking small breaks to control his emotions and get his voice back as he fought to hold back his tears.

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Roger Federer’s entire family was in the stands for his final match

The Federer family hug on the court after Roger Federer's retirement
The Federer family hug on the court after Roger Federer’s retirement

With Federer playing his final match, his entire family was present in the O2 Arena in London. His two set of twins, daughters Charlene and Myla and boys Leo and Lenny. Federer’s parents Robert and Lynette were also present to see their son play on the Tour for the last time.

As soon as Federer’s interview with Jim Courier concluded, the Federer family rushed to the court to hug and comfort Roger who was overwhelmed with emotions. With Nadal also crying by Federer’s side, it was quite an emotional atmosphere in the O2 Arena as the 20-time major winner called it quits.

After sharing a long embrace with Mirka, Roger’s kids also hugged him as the family celebrated the Maestro’s highly successful career. While the Laver Cup will go on for two more days, Federer won’t be a part of it as his physical conditions restrict him from playing singles anymore.

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Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Despite being a lifelong Roger Federer fan, he has admiration for other tennis stars as well.