One of Italy's best-ever got the sendoff she deserved at the Foro Italico on Monday.
Former singles World No.7 and doubles World No.1 Roberta Vinci played the last match of her professional career on home soil, falling in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Aleksandra Krunic, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3.
At the net, the Italian favorite was greeted warmly by both Krunic and chair umpire Mariana Alves before an on-court ceremony which celebrated her career achievements.
After the match, the 25-year-old Serb took up the mantle of articulating how the 35-year-old impacted her peers on tour.
"It's just tough, because I personally like her very much. Roberta, I played her three times and I know her very well. She's a great person," Krunic said.
"She's...fair play, and she's a great example and a great role model for all of us. It's nice that she had such an amazing career, but it's sad that role models are leaving the tour."
— WTA (@WTA) May 14, 2018
A native of Taranto, Vinci turned professional in 1999, and over the course of her career, was responsible for several milestones in her country's tennis history.
She recorded 565 wins in singles and 415 wins in doubles on tour, and held the World No.1 ranking for 110 weeks in doubles.
A winner of five Grand Slam titles alongside Sara Errani, the pair completed the career Grand Slam, and Vinci accumulated 10 singles titles and 25 doubles titles on her resume overall.
She was the runner-up to compatriot Flavia Pennetta at the 2015 US Open - the first all-Italian Grand Slam final in the Open Era - after completing one of the most stunning upsets of all time in the semifinals as she dethroned Serena Williams in the latter's pursuit of the calendar-year Grand Slam.
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After the ceremony in Rome, the Italian was also saluted by her peers on social media.
Practicing with her @InteBNLdItalia and seeing how the fans adore her is an experience I will always remember. Amazing career, incredible person. Thank you for the smiles & inspiration @roberta_vinci! https://t.co/dgWxTUwmBy
— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) May 14, 2018
Robiiiii. Sorry I didn't see you on site today. I wanted to hug you and tell you what a great person you are and player too! But we know tennis is not evrerything. Wishing you all the best for the future, be happy my dear. Tennis will miss you, same with me ❤ pic.twitter.com/qGiOvoPWRl
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) May 14, 2018
We could spend hours writing what you have accomplished in your career, but it wouldn't be enough. All that we can say is this: THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! Rome - and the world - salute you, @roberta_vinci! 💚 #ibi18 #tennis pic.twitter.com/W2XvCbKi7s
— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) May 14, 2018
— Sara Errani (@SaraErrani) May 14, 2018
— Timea Bacsinszky (@TimeaOfficial) May 14, 2018
Ídolo! Mi código! Te voy echar de menos!!!! https://t.co/fdQ58TD5YC
— Svetlana Kuznetsova (@SvetlanaK27) May 14, 2018
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) May 14, 2018
Wishing you all the best Roby! ❤️😘 congratulations on an amazing career!! You will be missed!! 😘 https://t.co/7TJJ3jlAZM
— TamiraPaszek (@tamira1990) May 14, 2018
what a legend x
— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) May 14, 2018
Congratulations on a great career Roberta. I enjoyed our battles over the years 🎾👍 all the best for this next exciting chapter in life!! 😊
— caseydellacqua (@caseydellacqua) May 15, 2018
— Gabriela Sabatini (@sabatinigabyok) May 14, 2018
Robiiiiii! Congrats on a wonderful career!!! Amazing player and admirable rival. I wish you all the best in this new chapter!!! We will miss you and your game!! #onehandedbackhandpower 😘👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/J6tx5FxyAG
— Carla Suarez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) May 15, 2018
Ciao Roberta!!! Going to miss that slice backhand! Not many left can do it....congrats on a GREAT career. Always played with an amazing spirit. Now it’s time to sit back and relax some! 🍺🍷🍾
— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) May 15, 2018
— Irina Falconi (@IrinaFalconi) May 15, 2018
Read more from the retiring Italian's post-match press conference here.