Wimbledon pays tribute to its icon Roger Federer

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Wimbledon pays tribute to its icon Roger Federer

Wimbledon thanked Roger Federer for all the great memories he created at The Championships and noted that the Swiss will be a missed figure on the grounds of The All England Club. Federer, 41, announced his plans to retire from tennis after next week's Laver Cup.

Federer, who made his Wimbledon debut in 1999, became a Grand Slam champion after beating Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final. Now, Federer is a record eight-time Wimbledon champion and the ultimate icon at The Championships.

"Roger, Where do we begin? It's been a privilege to witness your journey and see you become a champion in every sense of the word. We will so miss the sight of you gracing our courts, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and joy you have given to so many," Wimbledon said in a statement.

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After winning his first Wimbledon title in 2003, Federer made it all the way at The Championhips in the next four years as well.

Federer also claimed Wimbledon titles in 2009, 2012 and 2017. In his last Wimbledon final - which came in 2019 - Federer missed two championship points versus Djokovic. In his retirement message, Federer described retiring as "a bittersweet decision" but noted that tennis has given him so much and that he has many reasons to celebrate his career.

"This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible”. Federer last played at Wimbledon in 2021, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Hubert Hurkacz.