Serena Williams, another living legend who has stated that she is retiring from tennis,” has cited retiring Roger Federer as an inspiration.
“You inspired countless millions and millions of people – including me – and we will never forget,” said Williams.
“Welcome to the retirement club. And thank you for being you.”
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Federer, 41, will conclude a career that included 20 Grand Slam singles titles after the Laver Cup, which begins on September 23 in London.
“I have always looked up to you and admired you. I applaud you and look forward to all that you do in the future,” Serena Williams said.
Serena Williams and Roger Federer faced off on court only once, in a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in 2019.
Federer and fellow Swiss Belinda Bencic beat Williams and American compatriot Francis Tiafoe in front of a tournament-record 14,000 crowd.
Roger Federer’s decision to retire from tennis after three years blighted by knee injuries has prompted a wave of tributes.
Rafael Nadal, one of only two men’s players with more Grand Slam singles titles than Federer, called it a “sad day” for sport.
Current world number ones Iga Swiatek, 21, and Carlos Alcaraz, 19, thanked Federer for inspiring them.
“I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you are for our sport,” Pole Swiatek said.
“It’s been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you all the best.”
Spaniard Alcaraz said, “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!”
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Andy Roddick, who lost to Federer in a five-set Wimbledon final in 2009, joked that Federer’s retirement could prompt him to launch an All England Club.
“Thanks for the shared memories my friend,” the American said.
“It was an honour to share time/experiences on the most hallowed grounds in our sport. Don’t be a stranger. Also, seems like a good time to start training for Wimby (Obviously kidding).”
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