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

Where Federer’s on-court achievements rank among the greatest in the men’s game — arguably in the top three — is up for debate, but there’s no question that he’s the most transcendent tennis player ever to achieve. racket

No one else in the sport has achieved global 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 a privilege” to compete against him.

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

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

“For now, I really wish you all the best with your wife, Mirka, your children, your family and whatever you enjoy ahead of you. I’ll see you in London at the Laver Cup.”

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

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

“I have always looked up to you and admired you. Our paths have always been so similar, so alike. You inspired millions and millions of people — including me — and we will never forget you.

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

Federer’s success at Wimbledon, winning the All England Club eight times, made him synonymous with the green grass of Center Court. He last won the title there in 2017, 13 years after his first victory at Wimbledon.

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

“We will sorely miss you gracing our courts, but for now it’s all we can thank you for, for the memories and joy you’ve brought to so many.”

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady said in a news conference Thursday: “Awesome, great player, you know, he’s a great competitor and you know … he ran a great race, he was great, always respectful of everybody. and it meant a lot.”
Tennis pioneer and Hall of Famer Billie Jean King he wrote on Twitter: “Roger Federer is the reigning champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with his amazing speed on the court and his strong will for tennis. He has had a historic career with memories that will live on.

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

Current Women’s World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Iga Swiatek add: “I want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you do for our sport. It’s been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you the best.”
Two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star Pau Gasol he said: “Thank you for inspiring us and setting a great example for us all.”
In a statement published in The 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 great career, good luck for the future. We hope our paths cross again.”