Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, on Thursday introduced his retirement from top-level tennis, saying that the Laver cup shall be his remaining ATP tour occasion. Federer broke the information in a prolonged social media submit, stating “I’m 41 years previous, I’ve performed greater than 1,500 matches over 24 years, and tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt.” Quickly after the announcement, social media broke with congratulatory messages lauding Federer’s wealthy contribution to the game. Bollywood celebrities together with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza, Pooja Hegde additionally reacted to Federer’s retirement.
Actress Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram story to share the information. “Genius,” she wrote, including a purple heartbreak emoji.
Kareena Kapoor Khan known as Federer a “legend.”
“Legend. My all time favorite. What an incredible human being,” Dia Mirza wrote on Instagram Story.
Federer’s resolution to retire has left Pooja Hegde emotional. “Can not…however what a legacy,” she wrote on Instagram Story together with crying emojis.
Federer received his first grand slam within the yr 2003 when he received the Wimbledon title. He has since gone on to win 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles.
“The Laver Cup subsequent week shall be my remaining ATP occasion. I’ll play extra tennis in the way forward for course however simply not in grand slams or on the tour. This can be a bitter candy resolution as a result of I’ll miss the whole lot the tour has given me. However on the identical time, there may be a lot to have fun. I contemplate myself probably the most lucky folks on earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it at a degree that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought potential,” Federer stated within the observe.
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“I wish to particularly thank my superb spouse Mirka who has lived by means of each minute with me. She has warmed me up earlier than finals, watched numerous matches even whereas over 8 months pregnant. And has endured my goofy facet on the highway with my staff for over 20 years. I additionally need to thank my 4 fantastic youngsters for supporting me, at all times desirous to discover new locations and creating fantastic recollections alongside the way in which,” he concluded.
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