Roger Federer Last appearance as a tennis professional The doubles match will be in partnership with his old rival, Rafael Nadal.
At a press conference in London on Wednesday morning, Federer said it would be a “special moment” If he and Nadal unite in the Laver Cup this weekend.
To the discontent of the fans who Thousands have been displaced For tickets to Sunday’s Laver Cup finale, Federer will present his final bow on Friday night.
His appearance would likely contravene previous rules established by the Laver Cup, where you are obligated to play singles if you also want to appear on the doubles court.
But this whole event is the brainchild of Federer and his personal fiefdom. So arranging to break the rules and play doubles on behalf of Team Europe – led by Bjorn Borg – may not have been as daunting as it made it seem.
“Of course this is an event, an ATP event that I don’t want to mess with,” Federer told reporters at the O2 Arena in southeast London. “But at the same time, I know my limitations. That’s why I asked Bjorn if it was okay for me to play maybe just one double, and I thought it should be on a Friday night.
“Then I think Matthew [Berrettini, the world No15 from Italy] He’s coming for me and I have to play on Saturday for me. Of course, that’s totally fine, Bjorn said plainly. Bjorn spoke to John [McEnroe, the Team World captain] like that. They talked to the tournament and the ATP if that was okay, and everyone said it was okay.
“So here I am trying to prepare for my last husband’s match… I am nervous because I haven’t played in a long time. I hope to be somewhat competitive.”
Nadal – whose wife Maria Francesca Perello is expecting their first child – is expected to travel to London on Thursday morning.
Asked at the pre-event press conference if he would rival him alongside Nadal, Federer replied: “Of course. No doubt. I think it could be a unique situation, if that happened. We’ve always struggled together, always respecting each other, and families, And our coaching teams, we’ve always cooperated really well.
“Also for us to go into a career that we’ve both had and to go out on the other side and be able to have a nice relationship I think maybe also a great message not just for tennis but for sports and maybe even beyond. That’s why I think it would be great. No. I know if that will happen, but I think it obviously could be a special moment.”
Earlier, Federer spoke to the Swiss press about his decision to retire from professional tennis after the event, and Federer said his children were affected in the news.
“I told them the day before,” Federer said. “It depends on how you convey it. If you say to certain friends, ‘Hey, I’m quitting’, the answer is ‘Great decision.’ But if I say, ‘Hey, I think I should stop,’ everyone starts crying.
“I told them nothing would change much. We’ve seen what it’s been like for the past few years. Somewhere they are sad that I’m going to stop. But they always expressed their wish: ‘Stop playing tennis, we want to go skiing.'” I said to the four at the same time. Time three out of four cried.
“It’s a process for them too. The past few years have been difficult for me, but I think it has been even more difficult for her [his wife Mirka]. With all her injuries, she no longer enjoyed watching me. I felt sorry for her too. It is a great relief to her now that it is over.
“At first I was sad, but then I pushed him aside and the whole process started with crafting and telling people. That was really good for me. Even if it rips you off, I have to say I can do the interviews without any problems for that reason. If you had told me before Three or six weeks that I have to go out on the microphone and tell people — no way. I wouldn’t have made a speech.”