As Roger Federer Announces Retirement, Rafael Nadal Says He Wished This Day Would Never Come

It breaks our hearts when ace personalities who have entertained us over the years and given us wonderful memories say adieu to their craft. Last month when Serena Williams announced her retirement from tennis, fans called it the ‘end of an era’.

It’s the same bittersweet feeling as Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer ends his competitive career.

 

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Taking to social media, the man who has played 1500 matches over the span of 24 years said that he is now ready to skip Grand Slams and tours as his body is giving him the message lately.

While he would continue to play the sport, the Laver Cup next week in London will be his last ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) event.

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He took this moment to thank everyone, from his fans to family, competitors, and team, who was associated with him when his love for tennis bloomed when he was a ball kid in his hometown of Basel.

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Without fail, he acknowledged his competitors in his note with whom he had played some epic matches fairly and passionately.

For him, the 24 years of tours seemed like 24 hours when he was fortunate to play in 40 countries.

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Concluding his heartfelt note, the ace sports personality penned how his dreams led him to work harder and brought him to the crossroads in life.

“Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.”

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Of course, many hearts skipped a beat and many eyes became moist after reading his note. But gracefully accepting the fact that it was time for him to go, people wished him well.


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Among them was his Spanish competitor Rafael Nadal who wished this day would never come. Nadal took to Twitter and paid rich tributes to his mate, his rival.

“Dear Roger, my friend, and rival. I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. 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.”

 

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“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 @LaverCup.”

Farewell, champ! We will miss you.

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