Laver Cup / “It’s impossible”: Roger Federer will not play singles

At best, we will see Roger Federer one last time in a doubles match. But not simply. Arrived in London on Tuesday to play his last official competition on the occasion of the Laver Cup, the Swiss, who announced his retirement last Thursday, was however pleasantly surprised by his feelings in training. Not to the point of being able to play a singles match, though. “I won’t play singles, it’s impossiblehe told Swiss media. I think I’m going to play the double on Friday night.”

Federer hopes to be able to team up on this occasion with his biggest rival, Rafael Nadal. “It would be an absolute dreamhe said. I think I manage to play at an acceptable level, but it’s been a long time since I played a real game, it’s going to play hard and the pressure will be strong. But if I don’t play, it won’t be a problem. The main thing is that I can thank the fans and that they can see me.”

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The Swiss has not hidden a form of relief since the announcement of his retirement. He returned to this very special day. “This day was not easy, I was very movedhe told the media RTS. At the time of the announcement, it was more my parents and Mirka who were affected, I was a little more relaxed. Afterwards I had a tear or two but I’m happy and happy to have taken the step. I am very relieved and happy to have had the career that I had“.

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Federer mainly clarified why he made this decision. And explained that this recalcitrant knee finally got the better of his desire to resume competition. “My knee wouldn’t let go, I wasn’t progressing well enough, and then I got the result of a scan that wasn’t very satisfactory, so I told myself it was over. Honestly, I no longer wanted‚Äúsaid the man with twenty Grand Slam titles. This same knee that had kept him away from the courts since his last match, a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021.

The Swiss also spoke about his future and his intention to stay in the tennis world. “I would like to organize an exhibition with the players of my choice, and I hope to achieve this in the next 6 monthshe said. I myself don’t know exactly what my future will be like, but I would like not to completely distance myself from this sport which has given me everything..” And that magnified him.

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