Australian radio host Alan Jones announced his retirement from his famous 2GB show after a 35-year career and received a surprise retirement message from Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer. 79 year old Jones presents a popular Sydney breakfast radio show on the 2GB radio station and is widely popular for his conservative views on his show.
The popularity of his radio program has made him a highly influential media personality in Australia. Despite his success, he remains a controversial figure with his on-air conduct getting adverse findings from Australia's media regulators, and he has frequently been sued for defamation.
Jones is a former coach of the Australia national rugby union team and rugby league coach and administrator. He has worked as a school teacher, a speech writer in the office of the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and in musical theatre as well.
But after the doctor's advice, he decided to quit his job at 2GB this month. Federer's message said, "Alan, I'm Roger here. I wanted to wish you the best for what's to come and congratulations on an incredible 35-year career in the media career.
Take care of yourself and all the best." Jones replied to Federer, “A delightful surprise. I am very overwhelmed by the messages of support prior to my last day on the radio." Usain Bolt was among the others who recorded a message for Jones.