Roger Federer's retirement from tennis comes shortly after Serena Williams', ending two of the greatest careers in the sport within the span of a few weeks. Their combined tally of 43 Grand Slam singles titles itself speaks volumes of their legacy, but their contributions to the sport go beyond the tennis aspect of it all, according to Rennae Stubbs.
Six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Stubbs opined that both Federer and Williams were quite fashionable as well, setting fashion trends with their respective outfits on the court over the years. By introducing aspects beyond just the tennis they played, the duo took tennis to "a different stratosphere," believes Stubbs.
Stubbs recently appeared on an episode of the Off The Ball podcast, where she reflected on the legacies of both Serena Williams and Roger Federer.
Stubbs further stated that their retirement will leave a big vacuum in the sport. She even revealed a past conversation she had with Williams, who told Stubbs that she feels Federer and herself might retire at the same time. While it was an educated guess back then, it turned into reality.
The former doubles World No. 1 further opined that if not for their injury issues and other personal circumstances, both players would have won more Grand Slam titles. Williams has 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of the all-time women's singles record, while Federer has 20, two short of the current all-time men's singles record.
Rennae Stubbs further highlighted that it was important for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams to retire on their own terms and with happy memories of their last tournaments. Williams made a comeback this season and played a few events after her heartbreaking exit from the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, where an emotional Williams was forced to retire due to injury.
Similarly, in Federer's last appearance on tour, he lost at Wimbledon in 2021, dropping the final set he played there 6-0. Stubbs, therefore, is glad that the Swiss great will get the farewell he deserves at the Laver Cup next week.
Federer will play his career tournament at next weekend's Laver Cup, where he will be joined by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Casper Ruud, as Team Europe will take on Team World in the September 23-25 event.
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