Serena Williams welcomes Roger Federer to ‘retirement club’

Serena Williams and Roger Federer teamed up to open the 2019 Miami Open

Serena Williams, who is a living legend, has said he is “walking away from tennis” He has called Roger Federer’s retirement an inspiration.

“You have inspired millions and millions of people, including me, and we will never forget you,” Williams said.

“Welcome to the retirement club. And thanks for being you.”

Federer, 41, it will end a career He had 20 Grand Slam singles titles after the Laver Cup, which starts on September 23 in London.

“I’ve always looked up to you and admired you,” Williams said. “I applaud you and look forward to everything you do in the future.”

Williams and Federer have only played each other on court once, in a mixed doubles match at the 2019 Hopman Cup.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams
Roger Federer’s first Wimbledon title in 2003 was matched by Serena Williams’ second

Federer and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic beat Williams and fellow American Francis Tiafoe in front of a tournament-record 14,000 people.

Federer’s decision to retire from the sport after three years plagued by knee injuries has sparked a wave of tributes.

Federer’s arch-rival Rafael Nadal, one of only two male players with more Grand Slam singles titles, He said it was a “sad day” for the sport.

Current world numbers Iga Swiat and Carlos Alcaraz, 21 and 19, have thanked Federer for inspiring them.

“I want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you are for our sport,” Pole Swiat said.

“It has been a privilege to witness your journey. I wish you the best.”

Spain’s Alcaraz said: “Roger has been one of my idols and a source of inspiration! Thank you for everything you have done for our sport. I still want to play with you!”

Andy Roddick He lost to Federer in a five-set final at Wimbledon in 2009joked that Federer’s retirement might prompt the launch of an All England Club.

“Thanks for the shared memories, my friend,” said the American.

“It was an honor to share time/experiences in the most hallowed grounds of our sport. Don’t be a stranger.

“Also, this seems like a good time to start training for Wimby (just kidding, of course).”

20 Grand Slam singles titles 310 as number one in the world for weeks
103 ATP titles 28 Masters 1,000 titles
6 ATP Finals victories 31 Grand Slam finals
1 Davis Cup victory £114 million career prize money

Federer’s appeal extended to legends of other sports.

Argentina and Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi called Federer a “genius”.

“Unique in the history of tennis and a role model for any athlete,” said the 35-year-old.

“I wish you the best in your new stage, we will miss seeing you on the court.”

Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer in conversation at Wimbledon in 2011
Tendulkar and Federer in conversation at Wimbledon in 2011

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, a regular in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, said he, like many, was fascinated by Federer’s style of tennis.

“What a career,” he said. “We fell in love with your brand of tennis. Slowly, your tennis became a habit. And habits never go away, they become part of us.”