World of sport reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement
The world of sport has reacted to Roger Federer’s announcement that he would retire from top-level competitive tennis in September.
It’s the end of the legendary 37-time grand slam winner’s career.
It’s an end that comes as something of a surprise, given the number of tournaments that Federer played in and the fact that he was only 22 when he won his first grand slam singles title in 1998.
It is the end of a career that included eight Grand Slam and one Olympic gold medal.
The tennis world has been left stunned by Federer’s announcement via a video message on social media on Friday morning.
It’s what Federer has been doing for the last 48 hours before he announced his retirement on Friday.
Roger Federer’s career so far has been one of dominance. He’s won eight major titles (US Open, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open and the Olympic gold medal) and one Olympic gold medal, though he has had the occasional injury since turning pro.
The world of sport has responded to the news of Federer’s retirement in various ways – including with the world’s number one ranked male player’s Twitter account making a series of comments about the ‘phenomenon’ of the Swiss’ career.
Federer’s retirement has been met with a lot of mixed reactions.
‘This is devastating for tennis. He’s been an inspiration and a role model for so many young players,’ Serena Williams said in a statement.
‘He was incredibly competitive and extremely hard-working. I know this decision can only be described by the word disappointing.
‘The entire tennis community wishes Roger the best of luck in his retirement and to the tennis community across the world.
‘I am proud to have been his friend, companion and teammate for so many years and, though I can’t imagine playing the game anymore, I will always be grateful for the great time we shared together. I wish him all of the best and will be rooting for him.
‘I am so proud of my generation of girls because we showed tennis how to be beautiful and how