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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon legends pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II

The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Billie Jean King have all paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death at the age of 96. 

The British monarch reigned from 1952 until her death this week, and as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club from 1952 to 2016 was a fixture of Wimbledon before and during the Open Era. She met many champions and presented trophies to greats like 1969 Calendar Slam winner Rod Laver over the years.

“My most respectful, sincere and deepest condolences,” offered eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer, while two-time winner Nadal said “her elegance, grace and loyalty to her duty will live on in history.”

Laver, who was presented the Wimbledon trophy by Queen Elizabeth on his second title there in 1962, gave his condolences in the wake of the news. Meanwhile, Billie Jean King, always an advocate for women’s rights, highlighted that aspect of the Queen’s status, whereas Chris Evert focused on her devotion to service. Between them the three legends won 31 Wimbledon titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles, all while Queen Elizabeth was patron of the AELTC.

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