For Roger Federer and tennis, that date and this game would have to happen, as it surely will for each and every competitor in every discipline.
After a stellar career that lasted over 25 years, 20 Grand Slam trophies, and a statesman’s position, Roger Federer said goodbye with one more match on Friday evening in the Laver Cup before retiring at age 41. His career as a pro player came to an end as he and his old adversary Rafael Nadal lost in pairs for Team Europe inside the Laver Cup to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of Team World in the Laver Cup.
The fact that the winners, the numbers, as well as the scoreline were completely irrelevant and unimportant. And besides, the event revolved around the actual parting. Better yet, Roger Federer should bid adieu to tennis, the public, his rivals, and teammates. Naturally, Federer received a last message from each of those entities.
Roger Federer Bid Adieu To Tennis After Playing Alongside Fiercest Rival And Best Friend Rafael Nadal In Laver Cup, Loses His Last Match:
Roger Federer hugged Rafa first, then Sock and Tiafoe, signalling the conclusion of the match and his career as a pro etnnis player. Roger Federer then started weeping. There were many tears present, and Rafa wiped his emotions away as well.
Roger Federer placed his hands on his hips while his chest heaved in response to the cheers and loving shouts that were coming from the audience. He then said, “Thank you,” he said, turning to the crowd that had screamed, to show their support for Roger Federer in the Laver Cup and throughout his career.
After the game, Roger Federer’s wife, Mirka, their 4 children, twin boys & twin girls, and his grandparents greeted him on the field for hugs and, they all wept. Roger Federer was lifted into the air by both squads working together.