Where Federer’s accomplishments on the pitch rank among the greatest in the men’s game – although he is undoubtedly in the top three – will be up for debate, but there is no doubt that he is the most transcendent tennis player to ever win a racquet.
No one else in sports has garnered global adoration, endorsements or become an icon quite like Federer.
Twenty-two-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, whose career-long rivalry with Federer has produced some of the most memorable matches in sports history, has called it an “honor and a privilege” to compete against him.
“It has been a pleasure but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, to experience so many incredible moments on and off the pitch. We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there still has a lot to do together, we know that.
“For now, I really wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what lies ahead. I will see you in London at the Laver Cup.”
Twenty-three times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who recently announced her own retirement from tennis, welcomed Federer to the “retirement club”.
“I have always admired and admired you. Our journeys have always been so similar, so similar. You have inspired countless millions and millions of people, including me, and we will never forget.
“I applaud you and look forward to everything you do in the future. Welcome to the retirement club. And thank you for being you.”
Federer’s success at Wimbledon, winning the All England Club title eight times, meant he had become synonymous with the green grass of center court. He last lifted the trophy there in 2017, 13 years after his maiden victory at Wimbledon.
“Roger, where to start? wrote the official tournament page. “It has been a privilege to witness your journey and see you become a champion in every sense of the word.
“We will miss you so much on our courts, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and the joy you have given so many people.”
“Congratulations @rogerfederer. We wish you the best as you continue your journey.”