Sir, in an era of power-hitters, your game harked back to a more subtle time where a deft touch and the ability to approach the net with frequency was considered the mark of a fine player. In an era of hip-hop, bling-encrusted big egos, your gentlemanly manner, awareness and consideration of your fans made you a player easy to like (not that you didn’t have a rocky beginning). Your growth as a person, with a life beyond tennis, from “The Las Vegas Kid” to the husband and father of 2006 marks you as a man able to make a contribution to society, as well as his profession and sport.
It has been an honor to watch you play the past 21 years and I only hope that some of today’s players take note of your farewell today, for they would do well to emulate you in word, manner and deed.
You have been an ornament to the game. You will be missed.