The tennis world reacted significantly and collectively when news of Agnieszka Radwanska’s retirement broke on Wednesday.
The Polish star decided to call time on a brilliant 13-year career during which she won 20 WTA titles, reached the Wimbledon final in 2012 and rose to world No.2 that same year.
Popular among the playing group, the game’s current and former stars took to social media to send messages of love and support for the 29-year-old.
I wish nothing but the best to one of the nicest people on the tour. Thank you Aga, for being such a great opponent and friend.. it was a pleasure to share the locker room and court with you.
I will always remember our laughs ????
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) November 14, 2018
Congrats @ARadwanska for an amazing career! You have always been the toughest oponnent for me… I wish you all the best.
— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) November 14, 2018
We will miss you Aga! Mia?a? fantastyczn? karier?, mo?esz by? bardzo z siebie dumna ?????? https://t.co/OhbaBVUmFh
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) November 14, 2018
— Aga Radwanska ???????? (@ARadwanskaLive) November 14, 2018
Always loved watching & commentating the magic, anticipation, intelligence, & imagination of @ARadwanska! There will never be another player like her. You will be missed!! Congratulations on a fantastic career & good luck in the next chapter. #HumanHighlightReel. @WTA ????????????????
— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) November 14, 2018
Sister, you have always been and still will be a huge motivation for me !!! Huge respect for everything you've achieved in tennis !!! We won’t meet again on the court, but there will be more time for meetings for coffee?????? @ARadwanska
— Urszula Radwanska (@radwanskaUla) November 14, 2018
The top-10 stalwart will be remembered as one of the cleverest, most gifted players in the modern game.
Her ability to produce unorthodox, imaginative and creative shots frequently saw her feature on highlight reels and win Shot of the Month and Shot of the Year honours on the WTA tour.
Djokovic on Radwanska retirement: 'That's a surprise to me, to be honest. I didn't see that coming. I wish her the best in all her future endeavours. I remember her as one of the smartest women's tennis players I have seen. She anticipated so well the play of her opponents.'
— George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) November 14, 2018
"Maybe I win the Shot of the Month, not Aga again."
End of an era ???? pic.twitter.com/37InFmt7Tq
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) November 14, 2018
Thank you for the reminder of this ???????? https://t.co/6JDUOVQdDs
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) November 14, 2018
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) November 14, 2018
For six straight years, Radwanska was voted at the WTA’s Fan Favourite – from 2011 through to 2016.
Aside from her thrilling hot shots, there are many reasons why this may have been the case.
Perhaps it was her unique on-court reactions:
Radwanska’s greatest moment. pic.twitter.com/FizIXZMVoS
— ?????????????? (@Certinfy) November 14, 2018
Or her eye-catching outfits:
Among other things, I’ll always remember Radwanska for wearing these often times bold Lotto dresses…the one from Toronto 2015 really stands out. pic.twitter.com/jaaBeCBvoO
— Jimmie48 Photography (@JJlovesTennis) November 14, 2018
Or her love of cheesecake (aka her relatability):
Radwanska is also the only athlete ever baller enough to land a sponsorship deal with *The Cheesecake Factory*. That can never be overlooked.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) November 14, 2018
In her retirement post on her social media channels, Radwanska emphasised the enjoyment and pride of playing for more than a decade at the highest level in front of her fans.
“Throughout my career I always did my best to represent my country in the best possible way,” she wrote.
“I hope that my tennis matches were the source of emotions and joy for you all. Your support, warm words and faith in me were with me in every single match I played and this is what I’m thankful for.
“Thank you for every sleepless night in front of the TV and all those Fan Favourite awards – that was the biggest honour and best reward for my hard work.
“I am truly grateful for having the best and most loyal fans in all of tennis.”
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