However she mentioned a lot extra in a candy Instagram (see it beneath) that featured a photograph of them once they performed in opposition to one another for the primary time in a 2019 mixed-doubles match.
Williams, whose latest U.S. Open run to the third spherical was doubtless her final match, congratulated the 20-time Grand Slam champ for a profession “completely completed.”
“I’ve at all times seemed as much as you and admired you,” Williams wrote. “Our paths had been at all times so comparable, a lot the identical. You impressed numerous thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of individuals — together with me.”
“Welcome to the retirement membership,” she added.
Williams’ shoutout could have been her strongest declaration that she has performed her final match. The winner of 23 main singles titles, Williams beforehand introduced she was evolving away from tennis after the Open, however hasn’t given a selected date for utterly retiring.
Federer mentioned his ultimate Affiliation of Tennis Professionals occasion might be on the Laver Cup in London Sept. 23 to Sept. 25.