Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer on Wednesday announced that he would not be participating in the inaugural ATP Cup in January. He cited “family reasons” for pulling out from the first of its kind tournament.

The decision implies that Switzerland can no longer qualify for the 24-team event since no other Swiss star is among the top rated singles player list.

“It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar, but this is the right thing to do if I want to continue to play for a longer period of time on the ATP Tour,” Federer was quoted as saying by BBC.

“I have decided that the extra two weeks at home will be beneficial for both my family and my tennis,” he added.

Prior to this, Federer had withdrawn from the Paris Masters. The 38-year-old, who won his record 10th Swiss Indoors Championship title on Sunday, stated that pulling of competitions like these will make sure he is fit to play competitive tennis for a longer time.

Federer has also gone on record saying how he wants to be fit for the ATP finals which is scheduled in London from November 10-18.