Roger Federer plans to say goodbye to tennis at the Laver Cup, although due to physical problems his wish is in doubt. However, this Tuesday all the fans were trained and excited, who have already sold out the tickets on the official site to see the Last Dance of the Swiss in the exhibition tournament that will be played from Friday to Sunday at the O2 Arena in London.
Federer met with Murray in London.
Due to the injury to his right knee that made him undergo surgery three times, Her Majesty would not be able to play singles at the tournament; the most certain possibility is that he is in a relationship. “Maybe I can play doubles with Rafa (Nadal), that would be an absolute dream.”, declared in an interview with the Swiss medium SRF. The duo between the Spaniard and Federer is one of the most anticipated by people, who only saw them like this at the 2017 Laver Cup.
This Tuesday afternoon The official Twitter account of the Laver Cup uploaded a video of Federer training together with one of his colleagues from the European team that His Majesty integrates, Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th); The coach of that team, the Swede, was also on the pitch. Bjorn Borg. This Monday, Pierre Paganini, Roger’s physical trainer, said that the former player’s right knee still bothers him and that “cI believe that he will decide at the last moment if he plays. He continues training to have the best possible sensations and to know if it is a good idea”.
In addition, the winner of 20 Grand Slams spoke of the repercussions of the announcement of his retirement: “It is good that the reports were so positive, I did not know what to expect. So far the echo has been wonderful.” He also explained that after having tests done on his knee after playing his last Wimbledon, he thought: “It can’t be that I’m trying to run after something that isn’t realistic anymore.”
On his farewell message, he explained: “It was a good feeling, I felt relieved and happy. I wanted to tell my closest circle shortly before, about 48 hours before pressing the button. I wanted to keep that small circle so as not to overwhelm my friends. . They always asked about me. And I didn’t want them to lie.”
Federer and Djokovic will share a team in the Laver Cup.
About his career, Federer was proud that “I was allowed to play at that level for so long and have so many fans. It will be missed having the audience behind me in full stadiums. I see it as an absolute dream careerIf he had been a little more professional when he was younger, he might have been more successful. But then I could have gotten burned earlier because it would have been too serious for me.”
The European added: “You hope to be at the top one day and you do everything for it. You have to give a lot, give up a lot. I was able to travel all over the world and meet interesting people and cultures. It was always important to me to be realistic. I told myself: I’m fine, but I still have to improve. I’m number 1 in the world, but that doesn’t suit me.”
The format of the Laver Cup
The competition, which will be held in London, is a team tournament, where one of the teams is represented by European players and the other by tennis players from the rest of the continents, the tournament has singles and doubles matches. It will begin this Friday and end on Sunday, it will be broadcast on ESPN and Star +.
The team from the Old Continent is represented by Federer, Nadal (3rd), Novak Djokovic (7th) and Andy Murray (43rd), the famous Big 4. In addition, Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud (2nd) are also part of it. For the Rest of the World, those summoned are Diego Schwartzman (17th), Felix Auger-Aliassime (13th), Taylor Fritz (12th), Jack Sock (128th), John Isner (48th) and Alex de Minaur (22nd). The captain is John McEnroe.