IT IS the end of an era for many tennis fans and arguably the greatest tennis player to ever play the game.
Roger Federer has decided to retire at the age of 41 – after injuries finally took their toll.
He leaves an incredible legacy. During his storied career, he won 20 Grand Slams – a tally only recently usurped by his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
That allowed him to amass a staggering wealth – with reports claiming he’s worth a staggering £456million.
His value has been boosted by high-paying sponsors including Mercedes-Benz and Uniqlo – which reportedly earned him a staggering £81million a year.
It enabled him to buy fantastic houses in Dubai and another one overlooking Lake Zurich.
Off the court, he was actively supported by his 13-year-old wife Mirka – a former tennis pro who has been by his side since 2000.
Success on Center Court
Of his 20 Grand Slams, a whopping eight came at SW19.
Federer was the Wimbledon darling – a fan favorite – and it was met with great disappointment when it became widely known he would not be able to attend this summer’s event.
His first success on Center Court came in 2003 – when he was just 21 years old. His last came 14 years later at the age of 35.
Incredibly, he withstood the threat of Nadal and Djokovic to record many tournament wins.
His colleagues have always showered him with praise.
Serena Williams called him a “genius” and the “greatest”.
While former French star Richard Gasquet rightly said he transcended the world of tennis.
“I see tennis differently. I’ve always said that it’s not just the number of Grand Slam titles that counts for me,” he told L’Equipe.
“One at 21, the other at 22 or 23. I don’t just see the Grand Slam winner, I look at the aesthetics of what you put on the court. I often hear the race at the top, it’s a pointless topic.
“For me, Roger Federer is irreplaceable, he is the greatest player of all time when I see the aesthetics, the grace he has on the pitch.”
Though he was no longer at the peak of his powers, Forbes named him the highest-paid sports star in the world in 2020 – ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lebron James and Tiger Woods.
He’s raked in over £5m in prize money but that pales in comparison to the £81m in endorsements and appearance fees he’s received.
In 2019 he signed a deal with Uniqlo which is said to be worth around £220million spread over 10 years.
The Maestro is also sponsored by Rolex, Credit Suisse, Moët & Chandon and others.
Sports business expert David Carter said, “His brand is impeccable, which is why those who can afford to join him are clamoring for it.”
Mercedes-Benz also pays Federer £4million a year to align their brand with his.
This has allowed him to drive around in a company car – he is known to be the owner of a sun yellow Mercedes AMG GTS (£150,000) and a G-Wagon (£160,000).
As well as those classy engines, he’s also known for driving a convertible SL AMG (£100,000) and an AMG GLE 63 S (£126,000).
Now that he’s retired, Federer will be able to spend a lot more time at home.
Between winter and summer he divided his time between the Middle East and Switzerland – precisely because he wanted to train in a hotter climate all year round.
He has several homes in his homeland, but the most spectacular is undoubtedly his custom-built, glass-fronted home – with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of Lake Zurich.
The three-story compound also has two separate apartments for guests – two of which are 38-year-old Fed’s parents, Robert and Lynette, who are believed to live with him and his wife Mirka.
Back in 2014, he bought a presidential penthouse in Le Reve (which means “The Dream” in French).
Known as Dubai’s most exclusive tower, it overlooks the stunning marina filled with yachts worth hundreds of millions.
Former Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso is also said to own an apartment in the 200-meter-tall, 50-story building, which boasts incredible views of the sea, Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah.
Amazingly, there is a butler or concierge service offering private helicopter flights to where you need to go.
The property set Federer back a whopping £13million.
love at first sight
Federer’s rock throughout his rise has been Mirka.
Their love affair began way back in 2000 when they met at the Summer Olympics.
Mirka herself was a tennis player – until she had to give up in 2002 due to persistent foot injuries.
She then became Federer’s biggest supporter, cheering him on in the stands from tournament to tournament.
The Swiss beauty also took on the role of PR manager and managed his affairs.
They married in 2009 at Villa Wenkenhof in Riehen near Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family.
That same year, they welcomed identical twins, Myla and Charlene, into their family.
Five years later another set of twins was born – this time it was two boys, Leo and Lenny.
In an interview with Gala magazine in 2020, Federer praised Mirka.
He said: “Mirka is the best mother, the best wife! Mirka has always been a great support, she is a wonderful person. She has always supported me throughout my long career.”
Enjoy your retirement, Roger.
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