From last year onwards, every tennis fan prayed that this day should never arrive but it did on Thursday, September 15, when the iconic Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport.
Federer had been dealing with knee injuries and had gone under multiple surgeries. Nevertheless, Federer fans will get one last look at the man on the court who made billions obsessed about tennis at the Laver Cup 2022, which begins on September 23 in London.
Federer posted a voice message and a letter to fans and well-wishers on social media, in which he expressed his gratitude for what the sport has meant to him over the years and how everyone involved in his journey has made it special for him.
Federer claimed his first Grand Slam title on the hallowed lawns of the All England Tennis and Croquet Club in 2003. From here on, a special relationship began that lasted the rest of his career, winning the Wimbledon men’s singles title an unprecedented eight times. In his career, the towering 41-year-old has won 20 grand slams.
Federer may not have won the most Grand Slam titles in men’s singles tennis, but there is no denying his long-lasting and incomparable influence on the sport.
Over the years, just like on the court, Federer has also performed well off the court on the commercial field. Let’s take a look at the tennis legend’s endorsements, net worth, investments and charity:
Federer has inked multiple endorsement deals in the last few years. The longest-running partnership has been with Rolex.
The 41-year-old player also announced an endorsement deal with tennis equipment company, Wilson. Along with this, he even has signed a partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
Over the years, Federer joined forces with Gillette, Barilla, Rimowa, Sunrise, On, and Moët & Chandon.
Furthermore, the Swiss star also has collaborations with firms such as Nike, Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Lindt, Sunrise, and Jura Elektroapparate.
Federer has frequently been in the top ten of Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, and he is currently ranked seventh. Federer’s net worth is estimated to be around $550 million.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner made a prodigious investment in a shoewear brand, On. The Swiss champion reportedly has a 3% stake in the company, which is roughly valued at $300 million.
The Swiss prodigy has also amassed more than $50 million in charitable contributions for his foundation. His charitable organization has helped one million African children.
Elton John AIDS Foundation, Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mines Advisory Group, Roger Federer Foundation, and Small Steps Project are among his charitable foundations.