Roger Federer has confirmed that the final match of his tennis career will be in doubles at the Laver Cup on Friday night.
The 41-year-old, who announced his retirement from the sport last week after a record-breaking career, said he was still dealing with the “limitations” of his body.
The Swiss has had multiple knee surgeries in recent years and has not played competitively since losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon 2021 quarter-finals.
It looks like this will be Federer’s last singles match of his career, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed he will take to the court one last time at the O2 Arena in doubles.
Rafael Nadal would be a popular doubles partner for Federer, who said it would be ‘great’ to play with the Spaniard and longtime rival. Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray could also play alongside Federer for Team Europe while his Team World opponents will be confirmed on Thursday.
Under the rules of the Laver Cup, a tournament Federer helped create, all six players on each team must play at least one singles match over the first two days of the tournament.
But Federer said he discussed the idea of playing only a doubles match with Team Europe captain Bjorn Bjorg, Team World captain John McEnroe as well as tournament organizers and he was given permission not to play in singles.
Federer will be replaced in the tournament by Europe’s deputy Matteo Berrettini, who will take Federer’s place in the singles on Saturday.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/roger-federer-laver-cup-final-match-doubles-b2171930.html Roger Federer confirms that the final match at the Laver Cup will be in doubles