James Blake, a former American tennis pro, paid Roger Federer honor and noted that the Swiss player was not only a terrific competitor on the court but also a very kind and sincere person off it. Blake, who gave up playing tennis professionally following the 2013 campaign, only prevailed once in 11 matches against Federer.
Blake remembered their matches and gave Federer his best wishes for the future on the day he announced his retirement from tennis. “There has never been or will ever be another Roger. You defeated me on the court, but your kindness and sincerity made it impossible for me to hate you.
On and off the court, you improved the game, and you will be missed. Good luck! You deserve every success and happiness there is “Blake tweeted something.
There has never been or will ever be another Roger. You defeated me on the court, but your kindness and sincerity made it impossible for me to hate you. On and off the court, you improved the game, and you will be missed. You deserve every bit of happiness and success in the world, so good luck! https://t.co/DwROmZXeJm — James Blake, September 15, 2022, on Twitter
Federer made his retirement announcement on Thursday.
After appearing in the Laver Cup in London the following week, Federer, who hasn’t played since the 2021 Wimbledon, plans to call it quits.
At first, Federer wanted to win the Laver Cup, but his body warned him against it. “The people I’ve met along the way—my friends, my rivals, and most importantly the fans who give the sport its life—have undoubtedly been the greatest gifts tennis has given me, to my tennis family and beyond.
I wanted to let you all know some news today,” Federer made the following statement. “As many of you are aware, the last three years have been difficult for me due to injuries and operations. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting back to my best for competition.
The message my body has been sending me lately is clear, but I am also aware of its potential and limitations. In my 41st year. In the past 24 years, I have participated in almost 1500 matches. Tennis has been more generous to me than I could have ever imagined, but now I have to decide whether to call it quits on my competitive career.
My last ATP competition will be the Laver Cup in London the following week. Of course, I’ll continue to play tennis, just not in Grand Slam tournaments or on the pro tour.”