On September 15, 2022, the “Greatest of All Time” Roger Federer announced his retirement from competitive tennis, and the entire world immediately stopped what they were doing. The Swiss maestro remarked that it was past time for him to start paying attention to and respecting his body.
The 2022 Laver Cup, which gets underway on September 23rd, will be Federer’s last competition. The Swiss Maestro retires from the sport with 20 Grand Slam victories (8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian, 5 US Open, and a solitary French Open title).
The sports fraternity went in shock as everyone was waiting for the Swiss legendary player’s come back but the video posted by Federer in which he announced his last tournament broke everyone’s heart.
Here is what seven times Ballon d’Or winner and footballing legend Lionel Messi wrote. “A genius, unique in the history of tennis and an example for any athlete,” penned the Argentine on his official social media account. The PSG striker further wrote that he will miss watching Federer play on the court and will miss the way the Swiss entertained everyone with his gameplay. He then wished luck for Federer’s “new stage”.
Real Madrid star player Toni Kroos wrote how Federer has been an inspiration for the German footballer in many ways. Kroos called him the ” best tennis player of all time” in his post on social media.
Another Real Madrid player who acts as a magician for the 14 times UCL champions in the midfield, Luka Modric simply tweeted his name via Tweet. Yes, the name is enough and its “Roger Federer”.
Roger Federer 🎩
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) September 15, 2022
The official account of the Champions League tweeted, ” Who’s the Roger Federer of football?”
⚽️🎾 Who's the Roger Federer of football?#UCL
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 15, 2022