The news of Roger Federer's retirement obviously touched the hearts of all fans and professionals. Not even the president of the ATP Andrea Gaudenzi exempted himself from a comment, even if he probably would have preferred the ATP 500 in Basel and not the Laver Cup as a farewell ceremony for the very Swiss champion.
Federer, who had repeatedly reiterated his intention to participate at least one more time in the home tournament or at least to give himself another chance to try again in the ATP Tour, will instead close alongside Nadal, Djokovic and Murray next week in the big match between Europe and Rest of the World, in London.
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi explained: "It is impossible to deny Roger's impact on tennis and his legacy. In his 24 years of professionalism, he has brought millions of adoring fans to the sport. He has led an incredible new era of growth and increased the popularity of our sport.
Few athletes have transcended their field in this way. Roger made us all feel proud and lucky to be part of the same sport."
ATP Chairman: "Roger Federer's impact is undeniable"
Gaudenzi also added: "He redefined greatness on the court while his champion spirit, his sportsmanship and the way he played have thrilled audiences around the world for decades, inspiring so many to take a racket.
Beyond the court, he is and will continue to be a true model and ambassador. We will miss you Roger and thank you for everything." For Federer it will be the perfect opportunity to greet everyone after an extraordinary career with a perhaps a bit bitter ending, magnified by the defeat in the final at Wimbledon in 2019.
To really know the how and why of the withdrawal, in addition to the obvious personal reasons, we will have to wait another week. Then he will drop the curtain on one of the most incredible stories the sport has ever tasted. Roger will play his last matches next week, along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.