A few hours ago Roger Federer literally surprised the tennis world with a farewell letter announcing his retirement from tennis. At 41 years old, all fans were aware that this day had to come sooner or later, but the day of the official announcement is always very "heavy"
Through his social profiles, Roger announced that next week he will make his last big appearance at the Laver Cup and then he will officially say goodbye to the world of tennis, the world that made him famous in this sport: "To my tennis family and more there.
Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest is undoubtedly that of having introduced myself to people along the way: my friends, my rivals and, above all, the fans. Today I want to share with you a news.
As everyone knows, the last three years have been challenging for me in the form of injuries. I tried hard to get back, but my body sent me clear messages. Tennis has treated me better than I ever dreamed of, but I have to admit that the time has come to end my professional career.
The Laver Cup in London next week will be my last ATP tournament. I will no longer participate in the Grand Slams or in the circuit tournaments. It has been a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything that the world of tennis has given me.
At the same time, there is much to celebrate." Many champions of the present and past have said goodbye to the Swiss phenomenon through a social message. From Sinner and Alcaraz to Rafael Nadal, everyone has said goodbye to Roger and even some stars from the past have sent celebratory tweets for the Swiss champion.
Federer will leave after the Laver Cup
Severin Luthi, Roger Federer's long-time coach, revealed that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will primarily be remembered for being a nice person. "I think many will remember him primarily as a nice person.
That's more important than if you won one title more or less. His kindness and, and how he behaved towards the other players. Roger has contributed to the fact that players treat each other with more respect," said Luthi.
"He talks to everyone in the dressing room. It doesn't matter who it is. He's all about the person. Sure, his successes won't be forgotten soon. But I think the human aspect is even more important. What I also find very positive: knowing he won't turn his back on tennis," he added.