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Roger Federer retires from professional tennis: Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor & other B-town celebs react

Roger Federer announced his retirement from top-level tennis on Thursday. The news came as a shock and Bollywood celebrities including Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, Pooja Hegde among others also sent their best wishes to the player.

India TV Entertainment Desk Edited By: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Published on: September 15, 2022 22:42 IST
Laver cup will be Roger Federer's final ATP tour event
Image Source : INSTAGRAM/OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS Laver cup will be Roger Federer's final ATP tour event

Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, on Thursday announced his retirement from top-level tennis, saying that the Laver cup will be his final ATP tour event. Federer broke the news in a lengthy social media post, stating "I am 41 years old, I've played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years, and tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt." Soon after the announcement, social media broke with congratulatory messages lauding Federer's rich contribution to the sport. Bollywood celebrities including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza, Pooja Hegde also reacted to Federer's retirement.

Actress Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram story to share the news. "Genius," she wrote, adding a red heartbreak emoji.

India Tv - Anushka Sharma's Instagram Story

Image Source : INSTAGRAM/ANUSHKA SHARMAAnushka Sharma's Instagram Story

Kareena Kapoor Khan called Federer a "legend."

India Tv - Kareena Kapoor Khan Instagram Story

Image Source : INSTAGRAM/KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN Kareena Kapoor Khan Instagram Story

"Legend. My all time favourite. What an amazing human being," Dia Mirza wrote on Instagram Story.

India Tv -  Dia Mirza Instagram Story

Image Source : INSTAGRAM/ DIA MIRZA Dia Mirza Instagram Story

Federer's decision to retire has left Pooja Hegde emotional. "Cannot...but what a legacy," she wrote on Instagram Story along with crying emojis.

India Tv - Pooja Hegde Instagram story

Image Source : INSTAGRAM/POOJA HEGDE Pooja Hegde Instagram story

Federer won his first grand slam in the year 2003 when he won the Wimbledon title. He has since gone on to win 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles. 

"The Laver Cup next week will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future of course but just not in grand slams or on the tour. This is a bitter sweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible," Federer said in the note.

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"I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka who has lived through every minute with me. She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches even while over 8 months pregnant. And has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years. I also want to thank my 4 wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and creating wonderful memories along the way," he concluded. 

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-with ANI inputs


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