Legendary Roger Federer is likely to end his professional career after playing a doubles match for Team Europe in the highly anticipated Laver Cup, which begins September 23. Federer told Swiss media today. Tuesday that he is unlikely to play singles in his last tournament. in professional travel.
Roger Federer, 41, announced his retirement from professional tennis earlier this month, confirming that he will retire after the Laver Cup in London. Federer to London earlier this week and trained with his teammates at the O2 Arena in the capital.
Federer is ready to team up with other Big 4 members, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for Team Europe. The Swiss tennis player said he would love to end his career after a doubles match against his biggest rival, Nadal.
Federer told the Swiss-German daily Tages-Anzeiger that although it feels good to practice in London, he will decide to play only mixed doubles at the Laver Cup on Friday night.
“I’m quite surprised at how well I’m playing in practice here. But knew in advance that I would only play doubles, maybe Friday night. That’s why playing Swiss Indoors in Basel. is no longer an option,” Federer is quoted as saying. like saying.
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Federer also clarified in his retirement callsays he decided after Wimbledon that his knee was not progressing well enough to warrant a return to competition.
Federer, who last played at Wimbledon 2021, has had three knee surgeries in the past two years. Federer lost to Hubert Hurkacz in consecutive sets in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, which turned out to be his last Grand Slam appearance.
“A few days after Wimbledon, in July. The knee was no longer progressing. I asked myself: what was the problem? We were on thin ice for a long time. I knew it was the right decision. right, the only good decision,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Federer also said the quarter-final defeat to Hurkacz was one of the worst moments of his career. Federer had trouble with his knee at the grass-court Grand Slam and that was evident in the way he was bageled in the final set.
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Federer also said he will now focus fully on his family, especially his wife Mirka, adding that his partner has had a hard time watching him struggle to cope with past injuries. past.
“The past few years have been difficult for me, but I think they have been even harder for her. She really doesn’t like looking at me anymore, with all the hurt. I feel so sorry for her. “, he added.
However, Federer said he plans to continue competing in exhibition matches whenever the time comes. The Swiss great will be in the spotlight in London over the weekend as a glorious chapter in tennis history draws to a close.
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