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RIP Diego Maradona – tennis, and the world, reacts to the passing of a legend

The news of Diego Maradona’s passing has hit the tennis world hard. We take a tour around social media to see the tributes.

Diego Maradona FILE PHOTO: Former soccer star Diego Maradona balances a ball on his head during a photocall for “Maradona by Kusturica” by Serbian director Emir Kusturica at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008

News of Diego Maradona’s passing has shaken the sporting world.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic athletes of all-time, Maradona was a transcendent talent on the pitch, where his vision, ball control, passing and passion were unrivaled during his time. He was also a leader that lifted his comrades on his shoulders and took Argentinian football to the greatest heights.

Maradona is beloved universally and has always represented the hope, joy and magic of sport – the belief that anything is possible and that if we dare to dream it, we can do it. Today, after his passing at the too young age of 60, he is mourned – and celebrated – worldwide.

Maradona’s connection with tennis runs deep. First, almost all tennis players have a deep connection with the sport and therefore recognize the Argentine for his otherworldly talent and spirit. Second, Maradona himself was a massive tennis fan and made his presence felt at many events over the years.

This is how the tennis world (and the sporting world, and the free world) paid tribute on Twitter:

Juan Martin del Potro: “For me you will never die” 

Nadia Podoroska: Today I feel immense pain

Guillermo Vilas: A giant hug for the family 

Pelé: One day I hope we can play football together in the sky

Tennis TV/ Delpo: Maradona is like another God 

Juan Monaco: Rest in peace – here you made us all happy 

Thiago Silva: 

Cristiano Ronaldo: Goodbye to an eternal genius

Conchita Martinez: Today is a very sad day 

Tennis writer Rene Stauffer – who sat next to Maradona at the 1984 Roland-Garros final 

Diego Schwartzman: I love you forever 

Carlos Berlocq: Thanks for the blessing 

David Nalbandian: I will never forget you, you are eternal

Tennis TV: here was a lot of love for Diego Maradona in the world of tennis

Rafael Nadal: One of the greatest athletes in history, what he did in football remains. 

Gabriela Sabatini: I adore you forever, friend 

Mike Tyson: He was one of my heroes and a friend

Magic Johnson: It was one of the thrills of my life when I got to meet him

Leylah Fernandez: My father showed me your talent, your fire … your genius. You are the true definition of a champion. Rest in eternal peace. 

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