Roger Federer reveals wife Mirka 'really didn't enjoy watching me play anymore'

Federer revealed that he would continue playing exhibition matches while also hinted towards the role of a tennis commentator.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 21 September 2022 12:39 PM

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The Swiss tennis legend, Roger Federer has revealed that his wife Mirka 'didn't enjoy watching the tennis icon play anymore', ahead of his last competitive event as a professional player at the Laver Cup 2022.

Federer was asked about his plans after the retirement by the Swiss media at the Laver Cup and the legendary tennis player stated that he would continue playing exhibition matches while also hinted towards the role of a tennis commentator. 

He said, "I would like to keep doing exhibition matches and I know that I still have the chance to fill stadiums. It doesn't always have to be 52,000 like in Cape Town. I never thought I would say this. But six months ago I suddenly thought: commentating on tennis someday, who knows? Although I always said I would never do that. But so to commentate on some matches at Wimbledon."

After taking retirement, Federer revealed his family's reaction and talked about the difficulty his wife Mirka had to face during his injured spell. He asserted, "The last few years were hard for me, but I think they were even harder for her. She really didn't enjoy watching me anymore, with all the injuries. I felt kind of sorry for her.

"They (children) were very emotional. Three out of four cried. They asked: Are we not going to Halle, to Wimbledon, to Indian Wells anymore? I said: Not really. But if you want, we can go again."

20-time Grand Slam winner Federer released a statement on social media announcing his retirement from the sport on September 15. Record eight-time Wimbledon title winner Roger Federer last played against Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2021.

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