“Ultimate Icon in Tennis”: Coco Gauff Pens Touching Message for Roger Federer on His Birthday

Published 08/09/2021, 3:40 AM EDT


Swiss maestro Roger Federer has been one of the biggest influencers in tennis. The Basel-born athlete has been entertaining fans for over two decades. Over the years, he has displayed some of the most sensational tennis ever played on Tour.

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Yesterday, it was the 40th birthday of Federer. Wishes poured for the legend from all over the world. However, the one wish that caught attention was of American teenager Coco Gauff. It was a short message, but she did reveal that she had been inspired by him ever since she picked up a tennis racquet.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Cori Gauff of the United States returns a shot during a match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day 6 during the Womens Invitation of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The 17-year-old teenage sensation stated, “You are the ultimate icon in tennis: ever since holding a tennis racket as a kid, I’ve been a fan. Happy birthday!”

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In recent times, Federer and Gauff have come across each other at the All England Club.

Roger Federer has barely played tennis this season

Reflecting on the season so far, Federer began competing in Doha as he was sidelined for the majority of the previous season. He did not last long in the event and was seen next in Geneva, a warm-up tournament before the French Open.

At the French Open, he withdrew before the fourth-round match against Matteo Berrettini as he was feeling the strain of competing at the highest level coming off from a knee injury.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer acknowledges the spectators as he walks off the court after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

At the Wimbledon Championships, he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinal in straight sets. It was one of the setbacks for him this season. Since then, he has not been seen on Tour and it’ll be interesting to see if he competes at the US Open this season.

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On the other hand, Gauff reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam event for the first time at Roland Garros this season. All eyes will be on the American youngster when she competes during the US Open Series. We wish both players the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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