Federer broke the news in a lengthy social media post, stating: “I’m 41 years old, I’ve played more than 1,500 games in 24 years and tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed.”
Shortly after the announcement, social media broke with congratulations praising Federer’s rich contribution to the sport. Bollywood celebrities also reacted to Federer’s retirement.
Actor Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram story to share the news. “Genius,” she wrote, adding a red heartbreak emoji.
Anushka’s husband and cricketer Virat Kohli also commented on the news, sharing his admiration for the top tennis player. Virat responded to Roger Federer’s post on Instagram, writing, “The greatest of all time. King Roger,” along with heart emoji Kareena Kapoor Khan calling Federer a “legend.”
“Legend. My all-time favorite. What a wonderful human being,” Dia Mirza wrote on Instagram Story.
Federer’s decision to retire has left Pooja Hegde emotional. “Can’t…but what a throwback,” she wrote on Instagram Story along with crying emojis.
Federer won his first Grand Slam in 2003 when he won the Wimbledon title. Since then, he has won 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles.
“The Laver Cup next week will be my last ATP event. I will of course play more tennis in the future, but just not in grand slams or on the tour. This is a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me “But at the same time there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the happiest people in the world. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I could never have imagined, for much longer than I did ever thought possible,” Federer said in the note
“I would especially like to thank my wonderful wife Mirka who has lived every minute with me. She warmed me up for the final, watched countless matches even while she was over 8 months pregnant. And showed my crazy side on the road with my team has endured for more than 20 years. I also want to thank my 4 wonderful children for their support, always eager to discover new places and create wonderful memories along the way,” he