This year Laver Cup has taken on an even more special meaning because, in London, in these hours, the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has said goodbye to this sport. On the first day of the tournament Roger participated in the doubles match with his great friend and rival Rafael Nadal and the two lost with Team Europe against Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
In addition to the result, the match had particular significance because it is Roger Federer's last appearance on a tennis court. The twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments, at the age of 41, decided to hang up his shoes and racket and quit the sport.
Roger Federer's words about his children
In the press conference Roger Federer dealt with many topics and among these he revealed the reaction of his children to his choice to say goodbye. Here are his words about it: "I gave him this news the day before the publication of the letter, and of course it all depends on how you present it.
If you tell friends that you are going away, they may take it positively but if you say that you stop, many will cry. I told the children that it wouldn't change much. The last few years have brought us to this and the boys were already saying to me: Stop playing tennis, we want to go skiing.
I told all four of my children and three of them burst into tears." Recently the Swiss champion told about his relationship with his children in an interview and made the following statements: "During the pandemic I spent two whole weeks building the League's Harry Potter castle.
Then we set up a ping pong table and we had fun playing there." Finally Roger surprised at Ringier's microphones: "For a long time my four children had no idea of my tennis successes. It was their friends who revealed to them that I was number one in the world and they were totally speechless. My victories have never been an important topic at home."