World No.1 Iga Swiatek paid a nice tribute to Roger Federer, saying it has been «a privilege» to witness his amazing career. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, intends to walk away from professional tennis after the Laver Cup.
Federer is poised to become one of the greatest players in tennis history as many believe he transcended the game and helped make tennis more popular. «I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you are for our sport.
It has been a privilege to witness his career. I wish you all the best (goat emoji),» Swiatek tweeted.
I just want to thank you for everything you have done and everything you are for our sport. It has been a privilege to witness his career.
I wish you the best. 🐐🤗 – Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) September 15, 2022
Swiatek is now a dominant figure in tennis.
Earlier, Swiatek paid tribute to 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
After winning the US Open and becoming the ninth player in the Open Era to win three Grand Slams before her 22nd birthday, Swiatek revealed the lesson she is trying to take away from Williams. «I’m sorry. I feel like I can’t always use it.
This is what Serena really showed how to do. Because she was at the top for a long time and she was using that pressure and intimidation of being at the top of the game. She used it quite well to make her matches a little easier, especially early on.
I feel like I was able to do that a couple of times, but I want to do it more often. So I’m sure I’m aware of that and I want to try to use it the right way,» Swiatek said on the WTA Insiders podcast. Swiatek has won seven titles this season and at one point had 37 wins in a row.
With Williams retired, Swiatek is now definitely the face of the women’s game and someone who has a strong chance of finishing as one of the greatest of all time. Swiatek is currently resting after the US Open, as she is expected to return to action in Ostrava, which begins on October 3.