Roger Federer has made the decision to stop playing tennis. The Swiss champion recounted his farewell message to the sport that he lived and conquered for twenty years in a video and a post on social media. A lengthy list of gratitude from his family, the staff, his opponents, and the supporters who have supported him along this difficult road.
From social networks to press releases, the former world number one has received messages from as many devoted friends and foes as there are admirers. The announcement of Roger Federer‘s retirement wasn’t just discussed on social media; it also made headlines in general and sports publications.
One saw “L’Equipe’s” cover. Only the picture of the Swiss in the front and the phrase “God save the King” are featured on the cover, with no other sports. The Wimbledon champion, who has won eight times on the lush English surface, should thus be honored above all others because he is unique in history.
The newspaper devoted more than half of its front page to the tennis star who, above all, lighted England on a cover that was identical to that of “The Independent.” Nobody in Italy elected to give King Roger the same amount of space as the French daily did in honor of his retirement from tennis, but it was impossible for one of the greatest tennis players in history to be absent from the Italian front pages.
The 20-time Swiss champion’s withdrawal was featured prominently in the “Gazzetta dello Sport” with the headline “I have seen a king” for the Basel tennis player. Instead, the front page’s margins now include the covers of “Corriere dello Sport” and “Tuttosport,” which prominently featured this week’s European football tournaments.
The Laver Cup will be played by King Roger.
Patrick Mouratoglou, a tennis coach, has most recently added his name to the expanding list of well-known figures who have offered Roger Federer heartfelt condolences. Roger, in my opinion, is the best tennis ambassador, claims Mouratoglou.
“Nobody can play tennis like him, and it’s unlikely that anyone ever can, but he plays it the way everyone would love to play it. The first thing you notice when seeing Roger play is his great talent and fluidity, but we have seen countless other guys throughout the years play with similar talent and fluidity.
They have never achieved a Grand Slam. He won 20. Why? Because he is a real warrior and a fantastic fighter, he constantly considered every single point in every single match “Added he.