“A genius”, “tennis will never be the same” … The world of sport pays tribute to Roger Federer

“A genius”, “tennis will never be the same” … The world of sport pays tribute to Roger Federer

“A genius”, “tennis will never be the same” … The world of sport pays tribute to Roger Federer

The news had the effect of a small bomb. Roger Federer will therefore no longer play tennis after the next Laver Cup in London (23-25 ​​September). This was announced by the man with 103 titles on the circuit on Thursday through an audio message on social networks. While many admirers of the Swiss expressed their sadness, personalities from the world of sports and tennis immediately greeted the immense and brilliant career of the person, expressing their deep emotion. Selected pieces.

Carlos Alcaraz (current world number 1 and US Open winner): “Roger was one of my idols and a source of inspiration! Thanks for everything you have done for our sport! I still want to play with you. I wish you all the best for the future. “

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Toni Nadal (uncle and former coach of his biggest rival on RMC): “I am very sad. For tennis lovers, it’s a bad day. It was the perfect combination of efficiency and class. He was more elegant than Michael Jordan or Lionel Messi. I had great admiration for him playing him, I knew he had knee problems. Seeing Federer stop is news you never want to hear. Rafa would never have been so strong without him, he was forced to raise the level. The other day I saw another of his matches: it was the Australian Open 2009 against Del Potro. I don’t think we’ve ever played better tennis than that. He was a genius. “

Andy Roddick (2003 US Open title holder and former world number 1): “Hi Ruggero. Thanks for the shared memories my friend. It has been an honor to share time and experience on the holiest grounds of our sport. Give me the news. It’s time to start training for Wimby (he lost three Wimbledon finals against Federer, ed). I’m obviously kidding. “

Thomas Bach (IOC President, on Twitter): “Roger Federer is a gentleman on and off the pitch and a true Olympic champion. Congratulations on your outstanding career, good luck in the future. I hope our paths can cross again “.

The ATP tour: “You changed tennis “#Rforever

Juan Martin Del Potro: “I love you, Roger. Thank you for everything you have done for tennis and for me. Tennis will never be the same without you. “

Hubert Hurkacz (his latest opponent in a Grand Slam tournament, in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2021, on Twitter): “It has been an honor to know the way you have played all these years and to share a field with you, Roger Federer. You have been a role model for me and for so many others. Congratulations on your legendary career and good luck in the aftermath.. “

The Wimbledon organization (where it holds the title record, 8): “Ruggero, where to start? It has been a privilege to witness your career and to see you become a champion in every sense of the word. We will miss your grace on the fields, but all we can say right now is thanks for the memories and joy you have given so many people.

Iga Swiatek (number 1 in the WTA ranking, on Twitter): “I just want to thank you for all you have done and for all that it means for our sport. It has been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you the best. “

Richard Gasquet (in L’Equipe): “It’s a big shock, he’s a legend of the game, he’s a big loss to tennis. It will be different later. With his charisma, his technique. There is only one Roger Federer. When you watch it, you just don’t let go of the TV. The technicality, the elegance, the one-handed backhand, the forehand, the ease it exudes … When you look at it, you wonder how he got this shot. Federer is tennis. Nadal, Djokovic, is also extraordinary, but it’s not the same thing. “

Gael Monfils (on Twitter): “Playing with you was a pleasure and a privilege. “

Rod Laver: “Thanks for everything Ruggero. Soon. “

Billie Jean King:Roger Federer is the champion of champions. It is the most complete game of his generation and has captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with fantastic speed on the court and exceptional tennis IQ. He has had a historic career whose memories will live on. Congratulations Roger Federer. We wish you the best for the future. “

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

Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon champion in 2017 and Roland-Garros in 2016:

Milos Raonic, finalist at Wimbledon in 2016: “Roger Federer, thank you for doing more for tennis than anyone else. Thanks to you, competitors and fans from all over the world enjoyed this unique experience. Congratulations on your successes in continuing to influence so many people in tennis and beyond.. “

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