, 2022-09-18 20:00:46,
As Roger Federer prepares for his final ever event at the Laver Cup next weekend, tennis is on standby – and soon the entire sporting world will follow.
The Swiss legend has been the face of tennis for almost two decades – despite sharing the spotlight with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in recent times – and his absence from the circuit will no doubt be felt in years to come.
When the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he was bowing out on Thursday, it transcended tennis. His retirement was felt by millions, inside and outside the world of sport. After all, this is the man who was once voted the world’s second most respected person after Nelson Mandela.
Tennis legend and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has announced his retirement
Whether or not he is venerated as the greatest of all-time, Federer will forever be considered a sporting icon. And his farewell will act, in many ways, as a canary down the mine for several other sports.
Despite dominating for the last 15 to 20 years, a handful of sporting icons will inevitably have to hang up their boots, gloves, clubs and rackets in the very near future – and the world of sport will have to adapt as a result.
Sportsmail has identified 10 iconic sports stars who are nearing the final chapters of their respective careers following Federer’s retirement from tennis…
The 41-year-old star could well be the first of many sporting icons to retire in the next few years
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