Roger Federer isn’t ready for Serena Williams to bid adieu to the sport as he left a priceless message for the tennis icon in a video posted by the ATP shortly after her US Open 2022 exit.
Moments after Serena bid adieu to the fans at Arthur Ashe and to the tennis fraternity, legends of the spot took to social media to post messages for the American. Federer was among them, whose message was posted on ATP social-media pages with the caption, “Swiss Maestro Serena #ThankYouSerena.”
What did Federer had to say to Serena?
“I know it’s probably with mixed feelings you’re leaving this wonderful sport that has given you everything and more. I wish you all the best with your family. I think back at ’99 at the US Open when you played Martina Hingis, I stayed up late to watch you battle it out as that was the beginning to your incredible career that you’ve had ever since.
“I think the future is going to be wonderful for you. I’m sure it is. Please return to tennis. The tennis community and family will always welcome you with open arms and always be happy to see you again, so please return.
“For now enjoy this moment, enjoy the US Open, enjoy everything that’s coming this next couple of weeks even though it might be hard for you. But I’m thinking of you and all my respect. I wish you all the very best for your future. Take care Serena.”
The Last Words by Serena Williams Post Match
“Oh my God! Thank you so much. You guys were amazing today. I tried. Ajla just played a little bit better. Thank you, Daddy. I know you’re watching. Thanks, Mom. Oh, my God,” she said. “Just I thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side for so many years, decades. Oh, my gosh, literally decades. But it all started with my parents. And they deserve everything. So I’m really grateful for them. Oh, my God. These are happy tears, I guess. And I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed.”