Spaniard Rafael Nadal led the tennis world in paying tribute to Argentine football great Diego Maradona who has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.
“Today the world of sports in general and football in particular has a void,” Nadal, who is tied with Roger Federer for a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, said on Twitter.
“One of the greatest sportsmen in history, Diego Maradona, has left us. What he did in football will remain. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family, the world of football, and to all of Argentina.”
The men’s ATP Tour remembered Maradona, who took Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, with a social media post saying “A champion and icon loved by all”, accompanied with a picture of Maradona with Federer.
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who said recently his parents named him after Maradona like many others in the country after the World Cup victory, paid tribute in a social media post.
“How could you not be named Diego? I love you forever D10S (‘god’),” the current world number nine wrote.
And former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro joined fellow Argentineans in mourning the loss of Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
“I feel like you’re returning to where you belong, to HEAVEN. For me you will never die,” said del Potro.
Belgian Kim Clijsters wrote “RIP” with a photo of the legend.
Argentine Marion Bartoli, who won Wimbledon in 2013, said on Twitter: “A sports legend has passed away”
Former British number one and three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray paid tribute to Maradona on his Instagram story.
Last year on the second stop of Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev’s South American exhibition tour, Federer was brought to tears by a video message from Maradona that was played on the court.
“You were, you are and will be the greatest,” Maradona said. “There’s no other like you.”
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