Legendary Tennis player, Roger Federer decided to hang his boots from competitive Tennis on Thursday (September 15). He mentioned that he would be available to play in the Laver Cup, next week in London as his farewell event. The 41-year-old won 20 Grand Slam titles in his illustrious career. He witnessed many injuries over the years during his tours but now a series of knee operations forced him out of the Tennis court since Wimbledon 2021.
After his retirement announcement, sportspersons, athletes, and fans worldwide started sending their wishes on social media, hailing Roger Federer as the legendary tennis star as many referred to him as the GOAT. The Indian cricketers also took the opportunity to extend their wishes to the 20 times Grand Slam winner.
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar wrote, “What a career, @rogerfederer. 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.”
What a career, @rogerfederer. 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. pic.twitter.com/FFEFWGLxKR
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 15, 2022
Modern-era batting legend Virat Kohli also shared his wishes for the tennis star on the Instagram post of Roger Federer.
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya congratulated Roger Federer for his brilliant career. Team India skipper Rohit Sharma posted a picture of Federer and captioned it as, “End of an era! Congratulations @rogerfederer on making so many fall in love with the sport and a truly remarkable career 👏”.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 15, 2022
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) September 15, 2022
Other cricketers also hailed Federer’s outstanding journey and credited him for his contributions to tennis. Here’s a look at some of the wishes posted for the GOAT on Twitter.
For so many in this generation , Tennis means Federer , end of an era.
Roger the greatest. ❤ pic.twitter.com/npDu4gUgR2
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 15, 2022
— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 15, 2022
It was inevitable and it has happened. But what joy while it lasted. Tennis, and all sport, will say a huge thank you to #RogerFederer. He played with our emotions as much as he played against the opponent.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 15, 2022
Tennis courts will miss the Grace of #rogerfederer
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 15, 2022
There can never be another @rogerfederer! 🎾
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 15, 2022
Forever 🐐. Forever class.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 15, 2022
Thank you @rogerfederer ❤️🐐❤️
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) September 15, 2022
Federer posted the big news on his social media accounts where he stated that he worked hard to return to competitive tennis in the past couple of years but feels that his body has given him a clear message.
Roger Federer wrote, “This is a bittersweet decision, because I am going to miss everything that the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis and I did it at a level I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.”
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 15, 2022