Rafael Nadal pens emotional tribute to Roger Federer after retirement news



Billie Jean King: ‘Roger Federer is a champion’s champion. He has the most complete game of his generation & captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with an amazing quickness on the court & a powerful tennis mind. He has had a historic career w/memories that will live on and on. 

‘Congratulations @rogerfederer. We wish you the very best as your journey continues.’

Judy Murray: ‘The end of a magnificent era’ 

ATP Tour: ‘You changed the game’

Milos Raonic: ‘Roger, thank you for doing more for tennis than any single individual. Thanks to you competitors and fans across the world get to experience and enjoy it all over the world. 

‘Congratulations on your achievements and the people you continue to impact in and away from tennis.’

Petra Kvitova: ‘Roger – you have always been such a huge inspiration to me. Your elegance, your grace, your beautiful game. I have always held you in the highest regard and want to congratulate you for an amazing career. Tennis won’t be the same without you! Thank you’

Wimbledon: ‘Roger, Where do we begin? It’s been a privilege to witness your journey and see you become a champion in every sense of the word.

‘We will so miss the sight of you gracing our courts, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and joy you have given to so many.’

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Carlos Alcaraz: Roger…(with a broken heart emoji)

‘Roger has been one of my idols and a source of inspiration! Thank you for everything you have done for our sport! I still want to play with you! Wish you all the luck in the world for what comes next! 

US Open: Thank you, Roger

Juan Martin del Potro: ‘I LOVE YOU, Roger. Thank you for everything you’ve done in tennis and with myself. Tennis world will never be the same without you.’ 

Roland Garros: An inspiration on and off the court. Thank you, Roger

Rod Laver: Thank you for everything Roger. See you soon. Rocket

Genie Bouchard: Roger (with three crying emojis)

Martina Navratilova: ‘What a heartfelt message , full of love, life, hope, passion and gratitude. Which is exactly how Roger played the game we love so much. Thank you thank you thank you, for all the magic!!! Xoxoxo’

Jessica Pegula: Tearing up just listening to this. We love you Roger

Andy Roddick: Cheers Roger. Thanks for the shared memories my friend. It was an honor to share time/experiences on the most hallowed grounds in our sport. Don’t be a stranger….

Denis Shapovalov: A role model for me and so many others!! Thanks for everything Roger. It’s been a privilege to share the court with you!!

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