Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka has paid a very touching tribute to Roger Federer as he feels the game will never be the same without its true icon. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is retiring from tennis after this year's Laver Cup.
Wawrinka, 37, has some great memories with Federer. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wawrinka and Federer brought the gold medal to Switzerland after winning the men's doubles title. In 2014, Wawrinka and Federer led Switzerland to the Davis Cup title.
"Thank you my friend for everything you have done for me over the years. It was a true honor to share the court against you but it was even more special to be in the same team as you," Wawrinka wrote on Twitter. "Forever grateful for all the memories on and off the court.
Tennis will never be the same without you. Enjoy the next chapter in your life with your beautiful family."
Forever grateful for all the memories on and off the court 💛. Tennis will never be the same without you 😢🌏.
Enjoy the next chapter in your life with your beautiful family 🙏🏻❤️🇨🇭#legend #goat #friends #grateful pic.twitter.com/LG4IxXX2v0 — Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) September 15, 2022
Wawrinka's fellow compatriot Federer announces retirement
Federer was initially targeting to play at the Laver Cup and then at next month's Swiss Indoors Open in Basel.
But Federer decided to listen to his body, which was sending him clear signals that it was time for him to hang up his racket. "As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries.
I've worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I'm 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years.
Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour."