Martina Navratilova shares thoughts on Roger Federer's retirement announcement

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Martina Navratilova shares thoughts on Roger Federer's retirement announcement

Former nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova praised elegance with which Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis. On Thursday, Federer annouced his plans to retire from tennis with a lengthy retirement message.

In his retirement message, Federer reflected on how a young ball kid from Basel went on to achieve all of his tennis dreams. "What a heartfelt message, full of love, life, hope, passion and gratitude," Navratilova wrote on Twitter.

"Which is exactly how Roger played the game we love so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the magic!!!"

Federer: A young ball kid from Basel made it

Federer had the chance to play the game he loves in over 40 different countries.

When Federer was a kid, he was dreaming of one day being in that position. Not only that Federer achieved all of his dreams, he probably achieved far more since his astonishing career accomplishments are well-documented.

“I have had the immense fortune to play in front of you in over 40 different countries,” Federer said. “I have laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all I have felt incredibly alive. Through my travels, I have met many wonderful people who will remain friends for life, who consistently took time out of their busy schedules to come watch me play and cheer me on around the globe.

Thank you. When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself.

Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day. So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true. Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you”.