Former 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg said Roger Federer "always promoted tennis in an unbelievable way" and also praised the Swiss for the personality he was throughout his career. Federer, who is widely considered as one of the classiest and most elegant athletes in sports history, retired from tennis at the Laver Cup.
Representing Team Europe, Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal for a doubles match versus Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. Federer and Nadal, who were playing doubles together for just the second time, suffered a 4-6 7-6 (2) 11-9 loss.
Borg, a tennis great who stunningly retired from tennis at 26, was the captain of Team Europe.
Borg: Federer was always a great ambassador of the game
"Roger is a good friend and he is one of the greats," Borg told Eurosport.
"He has always promoted tennis in an unbelievable way all over the world. He was a little bit nervous because he has not been playing too many matches and too many tournaments for a long time, but he did unbelievably well.
They had a good chance to win, but it was just for him to enjoy himself. This situation with the fans, so many people around the world watching him, I just told him to enjoy it and be happy. Then after the match, all the emotions came and this is a normal thing.
He has been around tennis for so many years, but this guy was unbelievable, and he is such a great person too." After Federer's final match was over, he addressed the crowd. Federer, who was very emotional and several times broke down in tears, took a moment to express his gratitude to everybody who helped him on his path to becoming one of the greatest players in tennis history.
During his speech, Federer gave credit to his wife Mirka, who supported him from Day 1 and played a big part in him enjoying a long career. In retirement, Federer has promised to stay involved with tennis.