American tennis star Serena Williams had a special message for Roger Federer as he announced retirement from pro tennis. Serena welcomed Federer to the "retirement club" on Thursday as she expressed how she has always admired and looked up to the Swiss tennis stalwart.
Federer made the announcement on Thursday that he would retire after playing next week in London at the Laver Cup. Williams also played her last match last week in US Open as she bowled down from tennis.
She wrote, “I wanted to find the perfect way to say this, as you so eloquently put this game to rest - perfectly done, just like your career. 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. @rogerfederer”
Federer ended his career with 20 grand slam titles as he informed of his decision with a post on his Twitter handle. The Swiss native won his first grand slam in the year 2003 when he lifted the Wimbledon title. He has since won the Australian Open six times, French Open once, Wimbledon eight times and five US times.
The 41-year-old has been out of competition since his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021 after which he underwent another bout of knee surgery. Like Serena, Roger Federer's long-time rival and friend Rafael Nadal also posted a heartfelt message for the Swiss star.
Nadal posted, "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 honour 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 @LaverCup"