Serena Williams paid tribute on Thursday to Roger Federer, a tennis legend like her who decided to hang up her rackets, saying that she was one of the “millions of people” that the Swiss had “inspired.” Williams referred to Federer as a “welcome to the retirement club” and said that she was one of those people.
“Our travels have always taken very similar, very similar routes. You served as an example to countless individuals, including myself, and for that, we will be eternally grateful. On her Instagram profile, the American woman, who is 40 years old and has only recently retired, wrote the following.
The message to Federer, whom she says she has “always respected and admired,” is accompanied by several photos that illustrate the complicity between the two tennis monuments, sometimes smiling during a selfie, and sometimes arm in arm. She says in the message that she has “always respected and admired” Federer.
The guy who holds 20 Grand Slam titles and is 41 years old said on Thursday that he will retire after the Laver Cup, which will take place in London the following week. Less than two weeks after that one, which was taken by Serena Williams, who made the announcement at the beginning of August and recorded it in New York, with a final loss occurring in the third round of the US Open.
Williams, who won 23 majors, one less than the record held by Australia’s Margaret Court, had a much harder time formally announcing her retirement. She told the crowd at Flushing Meadows that she didn’t think “not reconsider (one’s) decision,” before adding: “but we never know.” Williams’ record of 23 majors was one less than Court’s record of 24 majors.
As a result, she was pleased that Federer had to submit himself to the agonizing activity in a more overt manner. She greeted him with, “I wanted to find the right way to say this because you concluded the game so beautifully – it was done perfectly, and so did your career.” She explained, “I wanted to find the perfect way to say this because you ended the game so elegantly.”
“You have my admiration, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. You have successfully entered the retirement club. “And thank you for being you,” she said as a closing statement.
The “Queen of Queens” and the “Maestro” have each won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between the two of them. A wonderful new chapter in the history of tennis has begun with the departure of these players from the WTA and ATP circuits.