Roger Federer: The world of sport reacts to the retirement of the great tennis player



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The outpouring of praise and admiration following Roger Federer’s retirement announcement is a testament to the Swiss tennis star’s remarkable impact and legacy in the world of tennis, sport and beyond.

Where Federer’s achievements on the court rank among the greats of the men’s game, although he is certainly in the top three, will be up for debate, but there is no doubt that he is the most transcendent tennis player to ever pick up a racket.

No one else in the sport has garnered worldwide adoration, endorsements or become an icon like Federer.

Twenty-two-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, whose career-long rivalry with Federer produced some of the most memorable matches in the sport’s history, called it an “honour and privilege” to compete against him

“Dear Roger, my friend and rival”, Nadal he wrote. “I wish this day had never come… it’s a sad day for me personally and for athletes around the world. I told you that when we spoke and now it’s here.

“It has been a pleasure, but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, experiencing so many incredible moments on and off the court. In the future we will have many more moments to share together, there are still many things to do together, we know

“For now, I wish you all the best with your wife Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what lies ahead. See you in London at the Laver Cup.”

Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who recently announced her own retirement from tennis, welcomed Federer to the “retirement club.”

“I wanted to find the perfect way to say this since you so eloquently left this game, perfectly done, just like your career,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I have always looked up to and looked up to you. Our paths were always so similar, so much the same. You inspired countless millions and millions of people, including me, and we will never forget.

“I applaud you and look forward to everything you do in the future. Welcome to the retirement club. And thanks for being you.”

Federer’s success at Wimbledon, which he won eight times at the All England Club, meant he became synonymous with the green grass of Center Court. She lifted the trophy there for the last time in 2017, 13 years after her first Wimbledon victory.

“Roger, where do we begin?” wrote the official page of the tournament. “It has been a privilege to witness your journey and watch you become a champion in every sense of the word.

We will greatly miss seeing you in our courts, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and joy you have brought to so many.”

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady said in a news conference Thursday, “phenomenal, great player, you know, he’s just a great competitor and you know … he had a great run, he was great, always respectful of everyone. and it meant a lot.”

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Billie Jean King, tennis pioneer and Hall of Famer he wrote on Twitter: “Roger Federer is a champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with incredible speed on the court and a powerful tennis mind. He has had a storied career with memories that will live on and on.

“Congratulations @rogerfederer. We wish you the best as you continue your journey.”

Current Women’s World No. Iga Swiatek, 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion added: “I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you are for our sport. It has been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you the best.”

Pau Gasol, two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star said: “Thank you for inspiring us and setting a great example for us all.”

In a statement published in official Twitter page of the Olympic GamesInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said: “@RogerFederer is a gentleman on and off the court, and a true Olympic champion. Congratulations Roger on your outstanding career, best of luck for the future. We hope our paths cross again”.

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