in 41 years Roger Federer announced his retirement on Thursday He said the Laver Cup, which will take place from September 23-25, will be his last in professional tennis. The Swiss posted a video on social media stating that he will no longer be officially competing.
Federer’s retirement has led to a wave of protests from tennis players who are still active and others who have already withdrawn from the sport.
One of Switzerland’s top competitors throughout his career, Rafael Nadal posted on his social networks that “I hope that day never comes.”
“Dear Roger, my friend and my competitor. I hope this day never comes. It is a sad day for me personally and for the sport around the world. 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 field ‘ wrote the Spaniard.
Nadal’s compatriot, current US Open champion and world number one, Carlos Alcaraz, 19, posted a photo with Federer on Instagram and declared himself a fan of the tennis player.
The current ATP captain wrote, “Roger has been one of my assets and my inspiration! Thank you for everything you’ve done for our sport. I wish you all the best in the world for what comes next!”
In addition to posts from fellow tennis players, Federer has also received messages from official competition profiles. Wimbledon’s greatest champion, the Swiss, was honored.
“It was an honor to witness his journey and see him become a champion in every sense of the word. We will greatly miss seeing him honor our pitches, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and joy you have given so many,” the official competition profile wrote.
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