October 6, 2022

Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Roger Federer’s ‘integrity and poise’ following the announcement of his impending retirement.

Federer revealed on Thursday that he’ll name time on his skilled profession on the age of 41 after subsequent week’s Laver Cup in London.

Djokovic may also be a part of Workforce Europe at The O2, with the large 4 of the Serb, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray reuniting one final time.

Novak Djokovic with Roger Federer on the Wimbledon Centre Court docket centenary celebrations

Federer and Djokovic confronted one another 50 occasions between 2006 and 2020, together with in 5 grand-slam finals, and the latter wrote on Instagram: ‘Roger it’s laborious to see today and put into phrases all that we’ve shared on this sport collectively.

‘Over a decade of unbelievable moments and battles to suppose again on. Your profession has set the tone for what it means to realize excellence and lead with integrity and poise.

‘It’s an honour to know you on and off courtroom, and for a lot of extra years to return. I do know that this new chapter will maintain superb issues for you, Mirka, the youngsters, all of your family members, and Roger followers nonetheless have lots to look ahead to.

‘From our household to yours, we want you a lot pleasure, well being, and prosperity sooner or later. Wanting ahead to celebrating your achievements and seeing you in London.’

The Serb and long-term rival Federer faced each other 50 times between 2006 and 2020

The Serb and long-term rival Federer confronted one another 50 occasions between 2006 and 2020

Serena Williams welcomed Federer to the ‘retirement membership’, with the 2 greats bringing their careers to a detailed inside a few weeks of one another.

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Williams, who bade farewell in emotional scenes on the US Open, wrote on Instagram that she was among the many ‘thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands’ of individuals Federer had impressed all through his 24-year profession.

She stated: ‘I needed to seek out the proper strategy to say this, as you so eloquently put this recreation to relaxation – completely executed, similar to your profession.

‘I’ve all the time regarded as much as you and admired you. Our paths had been all the time so related, a lot the identical. You impressed numerous thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of individuals – together with me – and we’ll always remember.

The two tennis greats also went head to head in five grand-slam finals

The 2 tennis greats additionally went face to face in 5 grand-slam finals

‘I applaud you and look ahead to all that you simply do sooner or later. Welcome to the retirement membership. And thanks for being you.’

Venus Williams, who continues to be taking part in on the age of 42, stated on Instagram: ‘The best ever. Miss you already.’

Federer made the announcement by way of a letter posted on social media, accepting defeat in his bid to get better from a 3rd knee operation in 18 months.

‘As lots of you understand, the previous three years have introduced me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures,’ he stated. ‘I’ve labored laborious to return to full aggressive type.

Federer has announced his retirement from competitive tennis at the age of 41

Federer has introduced his retirement from aggressive tennis on the age of 41

‘However I additionally know my physique’s capacities and limits, and its message to me these days has been clear. I’m 41 years previous. I’ve performed greater than 1,500 matches over 24 years.

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‘Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I have to recognise when it’s time to finish my aggressive profession.’

Concluding the letter, Federer stated: ‘I wish to thanks all from the underside of my coronary heart, to everybody all over the world who has helped make the desires of a younger Swiss ball child come true.

‘Lastly, to the sport of tennis: I really like you and can by no means depart you.’

The Swiss star will wave goodbye to the sport when he plays at next week's Laver Cup

The Swiss star will wave goodbye to the game when he performs at subsequent week’s Laver Cup

Tributes poured in from throughout the sporting world and past, which continued on Friday.

Nick Kyrgios wrote on Instagram: ‘Nobody will ever play the sport such as you. Take pleasure in it @rogerfederer …… was an honour.’

Coco Gauff added: ‘Thanks @rogerfederer for elevating the sport in so some ways on and off the courtroom.

‘Thanks for all the recommendation you’ve given me over time. Thanks for being one of the best function mannequin for therefore many. Thanks for every thing.’