Roger Federer unlikely to play singles at Laver Cup, set to bow out after doubles on Friday


Legendary Roger Federer is likely to end his professional career after playing a doubles match for Team Europe in the highly-anticipated Laver Cup, starting September 23. Federer told Swiss media on Tuesday that he is unlikely to play singles in what will be his final tournament on the professional tour.

Roger Federer, 41, announced his retirement from professional tennis earlier this month, confirming that he would hang up his boots after the Laver Cup in London. Federer arrived in London earlier this week and has been training with his teammates at the O2 Arena in the capital city.

Federer is all set to team up with the other members of the Big 4, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for Team Europe. The Swiss great said he would love to end his career after a doubles match with his biggest rival, Nadal.

Federer told Swiss-German daily Tages-Anzeiger that despite feeling good in practice in London, he would settle to play only doubles at the Laver Cup on Friday evening.

“I am quite surprised how well I am playing in practice here. But it was already clear beforehand that I would only play doubles, probably on Friday evening. That’s why playing the Swiss Indoors in Basel was no longer an option,” Federer was quoted as saying.

TROUBLESOME KNEE AND RETIREMENT CALL

Federer also shed light on his retirement call, saying he had decided after Wimbledon that his knee wasn’t progressing well enough to warrant a return to competitive action.

Federer, who last played on the tour in Wimbledon 2021, underwent as many as 3 surgeries on his knee in the last two years. Federer lost to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets in the quarter-final of Wimbledon, which turned out to be his last Grand Slam appearance.

“A few days after Wimbledon, in July. The knee just wasn’t progressing anymore. I asked myself: what’s the point? We had been on thin ice for a long time. I know it’s the right decision, the only good decision,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion added.

Federer also said the quarter-final defeat to Hurkacz was one of the most disheartening moments of his career. Federer was troubled by his knee at the grass-court Grand Slam and it was evident in the way he was bageled in the final set.

Federer also said he would now turn his focus entirely on his family, especially his wife Mirka, adding that it was tough for his partner to watch him struggle to cope with injuries in the recent past.

“The last few years were hard for me, but I think they were even harder for her. She really didn’t enjoy watching me anymore, with all the injuries. I felt kind of sorry for her,” he added.

Federer, however, said he plans to continue playing in exhibition matches whenever he finds time. The Swiss great will be the center of attention in London over the weekend as a glorious chapter in the history of tennis is all set to come to an end.

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