Juan Martin del Potro pays touching tribute to Roger Federer: “I like you Roger!”
Juan Martin del Potro has paid a touching tribute to Roger Federer, believing that tennis won’t ever be the identical with out the Swiss. On Thursday, Federer introduced his intention to retire from tennis after subsequent week’s Laver Cup.
In 2009, within the US Open closing, del Potro defeated Federer to win his first and solely Grand Slam title. “I like you, Roger. Thanks for all the things you’ve got accomplished for tennis and for me.
The world of tennis won’t ever be the identical with out you,” del Potro wrote on Twitter.
💔😢. I LOVE YOU Roger. Thanks for all the things you’ve got accomplished for tennis and for me. The world of tennis won’t ever be the identical with out you.
https://t.co/Wm0IjNqjjx — Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) September 15, 2022
Federer follows del Potro into retirement
Earlier this 12 months, del Potro retired from tennis after battling fixed accidents through the years.
Federer, who hasn’t actually performed prior to now two and a half years, additionally says goodbye to skilled tennis. “To my tennis household and past, of all of the presents tennis has given me through the years, the best, surely, has been the individuals I’ve met alongside the way in which: my associates, my rivals and particularly the followers who deliver the game to life.”
“Right this moment I need to share some information with all of you,” Federer mentioned in his assertion. “As lots of you recognize, the previous three years have been marked by accidents and surgical procedures.
I labored onerous to get again to full aggressive type. However I additionally know the capabilities and limitations of my physique, and the message it has despatched to me recently is evident.
I am 41 years previous. I’ve performed over 1500 video games in 24 years. Tennis has handled me extra generously than I ever imagined, and now I’ve to acknowledge when it is time to finish my sports activities profession.
The Laver Cup, subsequent week in London, shall be my final ATP event. I’ll nonetheless play tennis sooner or later, after all, however not in Grand Slams or on the circuit.”
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