Nick Kyrgios has joined the sporting world in singing Roger Federer’s praises after the 41-year-old announced his retirement from tennis.
Federer’s announcement that he will play his last game at the ATP Laver Cup event, which starts next week, sparked an outpouring of praise and tributes from around the world.
The 41-year-old took tennis to new heights and will be remembered for his class and charisma on and off the court, but also his elegant playing style that captured the hearts of tennis purists.
Rafa Nadal was quick to pay his respects to the icon with the pair taking tennis to new heights.
Novak Djokovic followed with a classy tribute to the 20-time grand slam champion.
Now, Kyrgios has joined in on the praise.
Kyrgios kept it short but pointed out Federer’s unique character, which was part of the reason the sporting world adored with the Swiss maestro.
“No one will ever play the game like you,” Kyrgios wrote.
Kyrgios, who’s never hidden how he believes Federer was even better than Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the big three, added on his Instagram post: “Enjoy it @rogerfederer …… was an honour.”
The Australian pulled out of the Laver Cup, which will be Federer’s last event, after acknowledging that he wanted to return home and see his parents and family.
Kyrgios loves playing for the ‘world’ team against Europe’s best and had previously played Federer three times in the three-day competition – losing on each occasion.
Nick Kyrgios praises Roger Federer after Wimbledon
After his Wimbledon final defeat by Djokovic, Kyrgios had noted: “He doesn’t make you feel as bad as Federer does at times.
“I think Federer, out of the three guys, can make you feel really bad, like he makes you want to leave the court. He can make things seem really quick and that the court’s really small.”
Djokovic will be part of Team Europe’s side in the event which starts next Friday, alongside the Serbian Wimbledon champ, Nadal and Andy Murray, who are reuniting one last time.
Djokovic joined in on the chorus of praise and paid tribute to the legend that transcended the sport of tennis.
“Roger it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together,” Djokovic said of Federer.
“Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on. Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise.
“It’s an honour to know you on and off court, and for many years to come. I know that this new chapter will hold amazing things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones, and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to.
“From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, health, and prosperity in the future.”
Serena Williams also welcomed Federer to the “retirement club”, with his farewell to the sport coming so quickly after her extraordinary final bow at the US Open.