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Jim Courier opens up on controlling his emotions while hosting Roger Federer’s emotional farewell interview

Jim Courier, a 4-time Grand Slam champion talks about keeping his emotions in check and letting them get the better of him during Roger Federer's farewell.

Jim Courier and Roger Federer

Roger Federer played his final tournament at the 2022 Laver Cup in London after he announced his retirement on 15th September. Federer has etched his name in the history of tennis by becoming the first player to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. Even though he didn’t have a happy ending to his career, he was happy with the way things unfolded for him.

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Jim Courier, the former American player had the opportunity to take the final interview for the Swiss maestro on the court. He spoke about having to keep himself composed during the final interview as he was aware that it would be very overwhelming for everyone. He said “I felt a lot of pressure to make sure everything went well. Because, like everyone else, I love Roger. I wanted him to live this moment as he wanted to live it. I didn’t have the opportunity to see it before, but I got all the information I wanted. You never know how it will turn out.

Courier further added that “I had a feeling it would be a very emotional moment, but I hadn’t imagined that he would be so moved, as well as the others, especially Rafa. I think it went well, at least I hope so. It was an incredible moment to live. I would like to know from Roger if he lived this moment as he wanted to live it. Because he really deserved it. I had to be the one holding the house, I couldn’t afford to let myself go with the emotions too.

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Roger Federer receives an emotional sendoff as he bids adieu to the sport

Roger Federer

Roger Federer played the last match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal in the doubles match against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock on the first day of the Laver Cup. Federer would continue playing but not anymore as a Pro. Federer got emotional and started crying as he talked about his wife Mirka’s support throughout his journey as well as his parents and kids.

It was a very emotional night with everyone from his teammates, friends, family, and each individual present in the O2 Arena crying to see the champion leave especially to see his partner for the final match Rafael Nadal break down completely and kept crying the whole time during the final goodbye with Ellie Goulding singing her famous songs in tribute to the Swiss legend.

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Prateek Pradhan is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He is very passionate about sports and a huge fan of Rafael Nadal. Other than tennis, he also follows football and cricket.