Roger Federer Retirement: Who’s Saying What | Tennis Information
Roger Federer’s determination to retire provoked an emotional response from present and former tennis gamers in addition to stars in different sports activities. AFP Sport seems to be at a few of the tributes to the 20-time Grand Slam champion:
Previous rivals and associates
“Pricey Roger, my pal and rival, I want this present day would by no means have come. It has been a pleasure but additionally an honour and privilege to share all these years with you, residing so many superb moments on and off the court docket.”
— Rafael Nadal on Twitter.
“I LOVE YOU, Roger. Thanks for every little thing you’ve got completed in tennis and with myself. Tennis world won’t ever be the identical with out you.”
— Juan Marin del Potro, who retired earlier this yr.
“Cheers Roger. Thanks for the shared recollections my pal. It was an honour to share time/experiences on probably the most hallowed grounds in our sport. Do not be a stranger… Additionally, looks as if time to start out coaching for Wimby.”
— Andy Roddick, who misplaced to Federer in three finals at Wimbledon and one on the US Open.
“Absolute residing legend. Thanks for all of the numerous recollections.”
— John Isner.
The younger(er) weapons
“Roger has been certainly one of my idols and a supply of inspiration! Thanks for every little thing you’ve got completed for our sport! I nonetheless need to play with you! Want you all of the luck on the earth for what comes subsequent!”
— World primary Carlos Alcaraz.
“A job mannequin for me and so many others!!… It has been a privilege to share the court docket with you!!”
— Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.
“Thanks for elevating the sport in so some ways on and off the court docket. Thanks for all the recommendation you’ve got given me over time. Thanks for being the perfect function mannequin for thus many. Thanks for every little thing.”
— American prodigy Coco Gauff.
“I wished to seek out the proper method to say this, as you so eloquently put this recreation to relaxation – completely completed, identical to your profession. I’ve at all times regarded as much as you and admired you. Our paths had been at all times so comparable, a lot the identical. You impressed numerous tens of millions and tens of millions of individuals – together with me – and we are going to always remember. I applaud you and look ahead to all that you just do sooner or later. Welcome to the retirement membership.”
— Serena Williams
“Roger Federer is a champion’s champion. He has probably the most full recreation of his era & captured the hearts of sports activities followers all over the world with a tremendous quickness on the court docket & a strong tennis thoughts. He has had a historic profession w/recollections that can reside on and on.”
— Billie Jean King
“What a heartfelt message, full of affection, life, hope, ardour and gratitude. Which is precisely how Roger performed the sport we love a lot. Thanks thanks thanks, for all of the magic!!!”
— Martina Navratilova
“Thanks for every little thing Roger. See you quickly. Rocket.”
— Rod Laver
“The top of an impressive period.”
— Judy Murray
“Rafael wouldn’t have been as robust with out Roger Federer. He at all times needed to increase his degree… I really feel very unhappy to see a sports activities icon, probably the most necessary gamers in tennis, announce his retirement.”
— Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and former coach, talking on French radio.
“Legend of the sport.”
— Roland Garros, the place Federer gained the 2009 title.
“The place do we start? It has been a privilege to witness your journey and see you turn out to be a champion in each sense of the phrase. We are going to so miss the sight of you gracing our courts, however all we are able to say for now could be thanks, for the recollections and pleasure you’ve got given to so many.”
— Wimbledon, the place Federer is a males’s report eight-time champion.
“You modified the sport, #RForever.”
— ATP Tour
“Roger Federer is a gentleman on and off the court docket — and a real Olympic champion.”
— Worldwide Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“Greatness outlined. The top of an period.”
— The WTA Tour, alongside a photograph of Federer embracing Serena Williams on court docket.
Different sports activities
“A genius, distinctive in tennis historical past and a task mannequin for any sportsman. I want you the perfect in your new stage, we are going to miss seeing you on the court docket.”
— Lionel Messi.
“What a profession. We fell in love together with your model of tennis. Slowly, your tennis turned a behavior. And habits by no means retire, they turn out to be part of us.”
— Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.
“It has been one of many nice pleasures in life to look at you play.”
— Former England soccer striker Gary Lineker.
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