Roger Federer has confirmed that the last 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 still had to manage the “limitations” of his body.
The Swiss has undergone several knee surgeries in recent years and hasn’t played competitively since being beaten by Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2021.
As things stand, 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 “special” to play alongside the Spaniard and his arch-rival in his final game.
“Without a doubt. I think it could be a pretty unique situation, if it were to happen,” Federer said. “As long as we fought together to always have that respect for each other, families, our teams of coaches, we always got along very well.
“For us too, to go through a career that we both had and come out the other side and be able to have a great relationship, I think that’s maybe a great message not only for tennis but also for the sport and maybe even beyond.
“For that reason, I think it would be great. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but I think it could obviously be a special moment. »
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 from each team must compete in at least one singles match on the first two days of the tournament.
But Federer said he had discussed the idea of playing just one doubles match with European team captain Bjorn Bjorg, World team captain John McEnroe, as well as tournament organizers. , and he had been given permission not to play singles. Federer will be replaced in the tournament by European substitute Matteo Berrettini, who will take Federer’s place in singles on Saturday.
“I’m trying to prepare for one last double, and we’ll see who it is with,” Federer said. “I’m nervous because I haven’t played for so long. I hope I can be a bit competitive.