India batting superstar and former captain Virat Kohli shared an emotional video paying rich tribute to tennis legend Roger Federer who recently announced his retirement from the game.
Federer had announced his retirement from the game earlier this month and played in his final match in the Laver Cup – a doubles game alongside long-time rival Rafael Nadal.
A true great of all time, Roger Federer was ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks, and finished as the year-end No. 1 five times.
He won 103 ATP singles titles, the second most of all time, including 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a record eight men's singles Wimbledon titles, a record-tying five men's singles US Open titles and a record six year-end championships.
ATP's official Twitter account shared a video message from Virat Kohli, an ardent fan of the tennis legend.
In the video, he said: "Hello Roger, it's a great honor for me to be able to send this video across for you congratulating you on a phenomenal career that has given us so many beautiful moments and memories.
I personally had the chance to meet you in Australian Open in 2018, something that I'll never ever forget in my life. One thing that stood out for me even watching you play, was the fact that so many people around the world, not just in the world of tennis got behind you, supporting you and that kind of unity I've never seen for any other individual athlete ever. That is something that cannot be created, that cannot be generated in anyway.”
Kohli called Federer the greatest of all time and also wishes him best in his future endeavors.
“You had that special ability always. It was very evident when we watched you play and the aura you brought on court is unmatchable. And for me, you're always going to be the greatest of all time. I'm sure in the next phase of your life you're going to have as much fun and as much enjoyment as you did on the court. I wish you all the best and your family as well. Take care,” said the India batter.
Here is the video: