Where Federer’s on-court achievements rank among the greats in the men’s game — though he is no doubt in the top three — will be up for debate, but there is no question he is the most transcendent tennis player to ever pick up a racket.
Nobody else in the sport has garnered the global adoration, the endorsements or become an icon quite like Federer.
Twenty two-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal, whose career-long rivalry with Federer produced some of the most memorable matches in the sport’s history, called it an “honor and privilege” to compete against him.
“It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court. We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still lots of things to do together, we know that.
“For now, I truly wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your kids, your family and enjoy what’s ahead of you. I’ll see you in London at the Laver Cup.”
Twenty three-time grand slam champion Serena Williams, who recently announced her own retirement from tennis, welcomed Federer to the “retirement club.”
“I have always looked up to you and admired you. Our paths were always so similar, so much the same. You inspired countless millions and millions of people — including me — and we will never forget.
“I applaud you and look forward to all that you do in the future. Welcome to the retirement club. And thank you for being you.”
Federer’s success at Wimbledon, winning the title at the All England Club eight times, meant he became synonymous with the green grass of Centre Court. He last lifted the trophy there in 2017, 13 years after his first Wimbledon win.
“Roger, where do we begin?” the tournament’s official page wrote. “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.”
“Congratulations @rogerfederer. We wish you the very best as your journey continues.”