‘I wish this day would never come’: The sports world reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement – CNN

'I wish this day would never come': The sports world reacts to Roger Federer's retirement - CNN

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

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

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

“Dear Roger, my friend and rival,” Nadal wrote. “I wish this day had never come… it’s a sad day for me personally and for sports people 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 all these years with you, living so many wonderful moments on and off the court. We will have many more moments to share in the future, there are still many things to do together, we know that.

“For now, I really wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what’s 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 own retirement from tennis, welcomed Federer to the “retirement club.”

“I wanted to find the perfect way to say this because you ended this game so eloquently — perfectly done, just like your career,” she wrote on Instagram.

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

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

Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slam

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

“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 miss the sight of you gracing our courts so much, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and joy you have given to so many.”

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady said in a press conference on Thursday: “Phenomenal, great player, you know, he’s just a great competitor and you know … he had a great run, he was great, always respected by everyone and meant a lot.”
Tennis pioneer and Hall of Famer Billie Jean King wrote on Twitter: “Roger Federer is a champion’s champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with amazing speed on the court and a powerful tennis mind. He had a historic career with memories. that will live on and on .

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

Current women’s world number 1 and three-time grand slam champion Iga Swiatek added: “I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you are for our sport. It’s been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you all the best.”
Two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star Pau Gasol said: “Thank you for inspiring us and setting a great example for us all.”
In a statement posted on the official Olympic Twitter pageInternational 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, good luck for the future. Hope our paths cross again.”

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