Roger Federer congratulated Serena Williams on «an incredible career» and added that it is «beyond incredible» what she has achieved in tennis. With Williams retiring after this year’s US Open, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer took a moment to pay tribute to the retiring great.
«Hello Serena, this is Roger. I wanted to congratulate you on an incredible race. You know what you have achieved. I know what you have done and you know what it is, it is beyond incredible. It is probably with mixed feelings that you are leaving this wonderful sport that you He has given everything and more.
I wish you the best with your family. All the best to their fans, who I am sure will miss them dearly, and I am one of them,» Federer said in a video for the ATP.
Federer recalls Williams’ first US Open win
In the 1999 US Open final, Williams defeated the great Martina Hingis 6-3 7-6 to lift her first Grand Slam title.
Back then, Federer stayed up late so he could watch the final. «I think back to 1999 at the US Open when you were playing Martina Hingis. I stayed up late to watch you fight and that was the start of your amazing career that you’ve had ever since.
I think the future is going to be wonderful for you,” Federer said. Federer hopes Williams stays connected to the game and wished her all the best in the next chapter of her life. “Please return to the tennis community and family.
We will always welcome you with open arms and we will always be happy to see you again, so please come back. And for now, enjoy this moment, enjoy the US Open. Enjoy everything that comes in the next few weeks, even though I know it may be difficult for you.
I am thinking of you and you have all my respect and I wish you all the best for the future. Take care Serena,» Federer concluded.