LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Roger Federer hailed Queen Elizabeth II for her “elegance” and “grace” as the world of sport stopped to pay tribute to the British monarch following her death aged 96.
Sporting events in Britain, including Test cricket and European golf’s PGA Championship, were canceled as a mark of respect.
British horse racing chiefs also pressed the pause button as tributes poured in for the queen across the sporting world.
In New York, there was a moment of silence at the US Open just before the women’s semifinals got under way.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Her Royal Majesty,” tweeted Federer, who met the queen when she visited Wimbledon in 2010.
“Her elegance, grace and loyalty to her duty will live on in history,” added the eight-time Wimbledon champion, who was not playing at the US Open.
Fellow tennis legend Rafael Nadal tweeted his “most respectful, sincere and deepest condolences.”
Brazilian football great Pele was among other sports stars who paid tribute.
“I have been a great admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since the first time I saw her in person, in 1968, when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and experienced the magic of a packed Maracana,” he tweeted.