The titan of a man known as Madiba has passed from the troubles of this world. Nelson Mandela died yesterday at age 95, and a host of tennis professionals and observers offered remembrances of the scope and depth of his impact via their websites and Twitter.
Surely Mandela will be recalled for interminable years for his belief in the human spirit in spite of what befell him. With that, here's the eloquent Andre Agassi and many more with thoughts on his life and legacy:
When the world gave #NelsonMandela their worst, he showed us all his best. A thousand years from now mankind will still revere him...— Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) December 5, 2013
Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) December 6, 2013
Nelson's spirit will stay for ever! Thank you for everything you have done for humanity.— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) December 5, 2013
One life - Nelson Mandela's life changed many. May his legacy live forever. Rev 21:4— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 6, 2013
Mandela ,a true leader and game changer-we will miss you and your ideals will live on forever in the present and future generations.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 5, 2013
DEP Nelson Mandela. Descansa en paz.— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) December 6, 2013
Becker (@TheBorisBecker) December 5, 2013
The world is crying tonight ....— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) December 5, 2013
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, you have been a role model to the world. My most sincere condolences to family and friends.— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) December 5, 2013
RIP Mandela: Heres lithograph called Tennis Court he did while imprisoned of courtyard he wanted transformed 4 tennis pic.twitter.com/NwqUXDp4s3— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) December 5, 2013
A lifetime of lessons to be taught and learned from a great man. RIP Nelson Mandela— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela.Amazing legacy he left,such an inspirational character for the human race.— Feliciano López (@feliciano_lopez) December 5, 2013
Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way little else does #NelsonMandela— Jack Sock (@JackSock) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/0RFzKQQ1my— Vera Zvonareva (@verazvonareva) December 6, 2013
Feel free to leave your remembrances of Mandela, and as they relate to tennis, in the comment field below. He loved this sport.
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