- June 2, 2023
Roger Federer bids farewell to tennis after a long and illustrious career. In the last game of his professional career, he induced a doubles loss alongside his longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the ongoing Rod Lavers Cup in London, on Friday night.
It was an emotional night for all the tennis and sports fans around the world as well as Federer’s counterparts in the likes of Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, etc. The world has witnessed the last of Roger’s Legacy.
Response to Retirement of Roger Federer:
Sports fraternity and the public have been verbose in this regard. Sporting World has respected his decision and praised his involvement in the game for so long. This is how the world reacted to this sudden retirement.
“Dear Roger, my friend, and rival, I wish this day would have never come… It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports people around the world. I said it to you when we spoke and now it’s here. It’s been a pleasure but also an honour and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court. We will have many more moments to share in the future, there are still lots of things to do together, we know that”
In another statement recently, he said: “I’ve lost a part of myself”.
Both the players were seen crying while playing the doubles game in Laver Cup as it was Federer’s last pro-tennis game.
“Roger it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together. Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on. Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise. It’s an honor to know you on and off the court, and for many more years to come,” Djokovic wrote on Instagram.
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 & captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with an amazing quickness on the court & 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.”
Current women’s world No. 1 and three-time grand slam champion Swiatek said:
“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.”
“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! 💪🏻 Roger Federer”
“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.”
“The greatest of all time”
Now let’s take a brief look at his career and records:
Roger was a Wimbledon Junior Champion in 1998 and he won his first major singles in Wimbledon in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, he made 21 out of 28 major ATP finals, and won 3 of the four majors and ATP finals. He also won 5 Wimbledon titles consecutively and the US open. In Singles, his record was 1251-275 across his career. In doubles, his record was 131-92. He has won 6 Australian Open titles, One French Open title, 8 Wimbledon titles, and 5 US Open titles. That is just the tip of the iceberg. He also played and won Doubles titles. He won a Gold medal in the 2008 Olympics and a Silver at the 2012 London Olympics. Apart from that, he played in a lot of other tournaments.
This is what Federer was all about, with an illustrious career over all these years, he gave us so much to cherish about. Apparently, this will change the way our generation saw tennis with Roger in it and it won’t be the same anymore.
Happy Retirement! ROGER FEDERER