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'Tennis won't be the same without you'

By Rediff Sports
Last updated on: September 16, 2022 01:39 IST
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Following is a roundup of reaction to Roger Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam champion and former world number one, announcing his retirement from the sport at the age of 41 after the Laver Cup later this month:

Roger Federer announced that he would retire after the Laver Cup next week

IMAGE: Roger Federer announced that he would retire after the Laver Cup next week. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

WIMBLEDON, WHERE FEDERER WON A MEN'S RECORD EIGHT TITLES

"Roger, where do we begin? It's been a privilege to witness your journey and see you become a champion in every sense of the word.

 

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

CARLOS ALCARAZ, NEW MEN'S NUMBER ONE

"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! Wish you all the luck in the world for what comes next!"

IGA SWIATEK, WOMEN'S NUMBER ONE

"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."

TOMAS BERDYCH

“It's been an honour to share a court with you @rogerfederer well done for EVERYTHING that you have done in tennis #nowordscandescribeit #legend

GAEL MONFILS

“It was an honor and a privilege to play in the same era of you @rogerfederer

JOHN ISNER

"Some of Fed's numbers are laughably impossible to top (23 straight slam semi-finals, for instance) but his impact on tennis far exceeds what he accomplished on court.

"Absolute living legend. Thanks for all the countless memories."

THOMAS BACH, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT

"Roger Federer 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 will cross again."

SWISS TENNIS

"Thank you Roger Federer for everything you have done for Swiss and international tennis, for all the countless emotions we were able to share with you, for every child you inspired to play tennis!"

STANISLAS WAWRINKA

"Thank you my friend for everything you have done for me over the years! It was a true honor to share the court against you but it was even more special to be in the same team as you.

"Forever grateful for all the memories on and off the court. Tennis will never be the same without you.

Enjoy the next chapter in your life with your beautiful family #legend #goat #friends #grateful.

BELINDA BENCIC

"The biggest idol and inspiration to me and so many others, forever. Thank you for everything. “It’s a beautiful day to go after your dream, Belinda!” - RF 31.7.2021’

BILLIE JEAN KING, FORMER WOMEN'S NUMBER ONE

"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 an amazing quickness on the court and a powerful tennis mind.

"He has had a historic career with memories that will live on and on. Congratulations Roger Federer. We wish you the very best as your journey continues."

CHRIS EVERT

“He was the epitome of a champion; class, grace, humility, beloved by everyone…and he elegantly mastered the sport like no other…Good luck to you,  @rogerfederer don’t go too far!”

PETRA KVITOVA, TWICE WIMBLEDON CHAMPION

"Roger - you have always been such a huge inspiration to me. Your elegance, your grace, your beautiful game.

"I have always held you in the highest regard and want to congratulate you for an amazing career. Tennis won't be the same without you! Thank you."

SCOTT LLOYD, LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION CEO

"He will retire as one of the legends of the game, who brought joy to anyone who watches tennis. Nobody who saw him play will forget his grace, elegance and poise on court.

"We were lucky that many of his greatest performances took place at Wimbledon, and he will always remain a favourite of the British crowds."      

MILOS RAONIC

"Thank you for doing more for tennis than any single individual. Thanks to you competitors and fans across the world get to experience and enjoy it all over the world.

"Congratulations on your achievements and the people you continue to impact in and away from tennis."

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO

"I LOVE YOU, Roger. Thank you for everything you've done in tennis and with myself. Tennis world will never be the same without you.

ANDY RODDICK, WHO LOST THE 2009 WIMBLEDON FINAL TO FEDERER

"Cheers Roger. Thanks for the shared memories my friend. It was an honor to share time/experiences on the most hallowed grounds in our sport. Don't be a stranger.

"Also, seems like a good time to start training for Wimby (Obviously kidding)."

ROLAND GARROS

"An inspiration on and off the court. Thank you, Roger."

LAVER CUP

"Congratulations on a transcendent competitive career. Thank you for being a never-ending source of inspiration."

ANDREA GAUDENZI, ATP CHAIRMAN

"Roger's impact on tennis, and the legacy he's built, are impossible to overstate. Over 24 years as a professional, Roger brought millions of adoring fans into the game. He spearheaded an incredible new era of growth and elevated the popularity of our sport.

"Few athletes have transcended their field in such a manner. Roger made us all feel proud and fortunate to be part of the same sport. He redefined greatness on the court."

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

"A role model for me and so many others!! Thanks for everything Roger. It's been a privilege to share the court with you!!"

DAVID FERRER, FORMER WORLD NUMBER THREE

"The saddest day in tennis. Thanks Mr Federer."

GARY LINEKER, FORMER FOOTBALLER AND TV PRESENTER

"It's been one of the great pleasures in life to watch you play. You've brought so much joy to so many. Good luck with whatever comes next."

JUDY MURRAY, ANDY MURRAY'S MOTHER

"The end of a magnificent era."

SACHIN TENDULKAR, FORMER CRICKETER

"What a career, Roger Federer. We fell in love with your brand of tennis. Slowly, your tennis became a habit. And habits never retire, they become a part of us. Thank you for all the wonderful memories."

SUMIT NAGAL

“Thanks for one of the most memorable nights of my life, & so much more. Tennis will miss you @rogerfederer.’

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