‘Thank you, Roger’: Reactions to Federer announcing his retirement | Tennis News

Here’s a roundup of reactions to Roger Federer, 20 times Grand Slam champion and former world number one, announcing his retirement from the sport at the age of 41 after the Cup of the tank later this month:
WIMBLEDON, WHERE FEDERER WON A MEN’S RECORD OF EIGHT TITLES
“Roger, where do we start? It has been a privilege to witness your journey and watch you become a champion in every sense of the word.
“We will miss you so much on our courts, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and the joy you have given so many people.”

BILLIE JEAN KING, FORMER FEMALE NUMBER ONE
“Roger Federer is a champion champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and has captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with incredible speed on the pitch and a powerful tennis disturbs.
“He had a historic career with memories that will live on and on. Congratulations Roger Federer. We wish you the best as you continue on your journey.”

SCOTT LLOYD, CEO OF THE LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION
“He will retire as one of the legends of the game, who brought joy to everyone who watches tennis. No one who saw him play will forget his grace, elegance and poise on the court.
“We were fortunate that many of his greatest performances took place at Wimbledonand he will always remain a favorite of British crowds.”

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JUAN MARTIN DELPOTRO
“I LOVE YOU, Roger. Thank you for everything you have done in tennis and with me. The world of tennis will never be the same without you.”

ANDY RODDICK, WHO LOST THE 2009 WIMBLEDON FINAL TO FEDERER
“Well done Roger. Thank you for the memories shared my friend. It was an honor to share time/experiences on the most hallowed grounds of our sport. Don’t be a stranger.
“Also, it seems like a good time to start training for Wimby (obviously just kidding).”

PETRA KVITOVA, TWO-TIME WIMBLEDON CHAMPION
“Roger – you have always been such a great inspiration to me. Your elegance, your grace, your beautiful game.
“I have always held you in high esteem and want to congratulate you on an incredible career. Tennis won’t be the same without you! Thank you.”

ROLAND GARROS
“An inspiration on and off the pitch. Thank you, Roger.”

CUT WASH
“Congratulations on a transcendent competitive career. Thank you for being an endless source of inspiration.”

SWISS TENNIS
“Thank you Roger Federer for everything you have done for Swiss and international tennis, for all the countless emotions we have been able to share with you, for every child you have inspired to play tennis!”

MILOS RAONIC
“Thank you for doing more for tennis than anyone else. Thanks to you, competitors and fans around the world can experience and enjoy it all over the world.
“Congratulations on your accomplishments and the people you continue to influence in and outside of tennis.”

DENIS SHAPOVALOV
“A role model for me and so many others!! Thank you for everything Roger. It was a privilege to share the court with you!!”

DAVID FERRER, FORMER WORLD NUMBER THREE
“The saddest day in tennis. Thank you, Mr. Federer.”

GARY LINEKER, FORMER FOOTBALLER AND TV PRESENTER
“It was one of life’s greatest pleasures to watch you play. You have brought so much joy to so many people. Good luck in the future.”

JUDY MURRAY, ANDY MURRAY’S MOTHER
“The end of a magnificent era.”

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