'His right knee was no longer...', says Roger Federer's mother

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'His right knee was no longer...', says Roger Federer's mother

Roger Federer officially became a former player. The former world number 1 greeted tennis played at the Laver Cup, staged at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. On Friday night, the King played his last match with Rafael Nadal against Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who won the super tiebreak after canceling a match point.

Beyond the result, fans were able to witness an emotional ceremony, made even more memorable by the tears of Roger and Rafa. The right knee forced the Swiss to hang up his racket, over the age of 41. The 20-time Grand Slam champion tried hard to get back in shape, but this time Father Tempo got the better of him.

The Maestro from Basel has however promised that he will not move away from tennis, waiting to understand what his role will be in the coming years. In an interview with 'Tages Anzeiger', mother Lynette expressed her sincere opinion on the withdrawal of her son.

Lynette reflects on Federer

“Both Robert and I were dealing for a long time with the idea of Roger Federer's retirement, with the fact that his career was going to end. Not only because of his age, but also because of the various injuries that he had been dragging in recent years.

During this process we always kept a little hope, but we soon realized that the right knee was no longer in the ideal conditions for the competition" - Lynette said. “We were always close to Roger, supporting him in everything.

I still follow the tennis circuit, but it is true that there are times when you realize that there are things that you are not so aware of, for example, that in his day he won the US Open five consecutive seasons. Life went on and on, until the time comes when you have to stop."

Former American player Jim Courier had one of the toughest tasks of not letting his emotions get the better of him when he spoke to Federer in an on-court interview. "I felt a lot of pressure to get it right because like everyone, I love Roger and I wanted him to have the moment the way he wanted to have it.

I figured he would be emotional but I wasn't anticipating that much emotion from him and from everyone else involved, especially Rafa. So it was an amazing moment to be a part of," Courier said.