From Iga Swiatek to Chris Evert, the Hologic WTA Tour community was glued to their screens to watch Roger Federer play the final match of his career at the Laver Cup. The Swiss legend announced last week that the Laver Cup would be his final ATP tournament.
Playing alongside his friend and rival Rafael Nadal in doubles, Federer and Nadal held a match point but narrowly lost to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, 4-6, 6-7(2), 11-9.
After the match, Federer choked back tears as he reflected on his career and thanked his colleagues, friends, and family.
"It's been a wonderful day," Federer said on court. "I told the guys, I'm happy, I'm not sad. I enjoyed tying my shoes one more time. Everything was the last time."
With @rogerfederer’s last match tonight with @RafaelNadal by his side, an era comes to an end.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 24, 2022
These two are competitors, friends, and true champions in sport and in life.
Roger’s journey continues. #LaverCup https://t.co/WjmbOkD3fz
Evert, Swiatek, and Ons Jabeur led the way with their heartfelt video messages for the Swiss legend:
The ever diligent Swiatek admitted she was putting her practice schedule at risk, but there was no way she wasn't going to stay up to soak in the iconic doubles match:
Petra Kvitova, Kim Clijsters, and Caroline Wozniacki were also watching and did not hold back their tears during the post-match interview:
Beautiful to watch until the very last match. What a way to finish a career. Thank you @rogerfederer ❤️— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) September 23, 2022
Damn you Roger … will be walking around with swollen eyes for the whole weekend . 😢— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) September 23, 2022
What an emotional night! One and only @rogerfederer ! 🙌🏼— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) September 23, 2022
More reactions from the WTA community continued to flow in throughout the memorable night:
Roger and Rafa crying together I’m honestly not okay— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) September 23, 2022
tonight was about Roger, but the image of Rafa with tears in his eyes for his friend will be something I never forget— Alison Riske-Amritraj🇺🇸🇮🇳 (@Riske4rewards) September 24, 2022
That backhand one last time— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) September 23, 2022
I just LOVE these 2 guys 🤗🥰 https://t.co/pLp8J2KS8h— Kirsten Flipkens (@FlipperKF) September 23, 2022
Petition for September 23rd to be national Roger Federer day 😭🐐💙— Jamie Loeb (@jloeb308) September 23, 2022
there’s just something about @rogerfederer gosh that was hard..love you forever and thank you idol 😭❤️— Vicky Duval (@vicky_duval95) September 23, 2022
Ver a RF♥️ por última vez…— Camila Osorio (@CamiOsorioTenis) September 23, 2022
Es normal llorar en cada punto?? Pregunta seria
Taking with me these fun & unforgettable memories , thank you Roger ❤️— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) September 23, 2022
I will miss watching you play 🎾
It was a true honor and privilege to have played with you in the same team!
Enjoy tonight 🥳#sportslegend @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/qDiGqD5jMW
Crying 😭😭😭😭😭— Jil Teichmann (@jilteichmann) September 24, 2022
Nobody is getting over this 💔 🥺 https://t.co/GkWm9jV7rB— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) September 24, 2022