Roger Federer will be playing his farewell match at the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London. This will be his first match since his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021 followed by his third knee surgery. He has already started preparing for his farewell math in the 3-day event.
Apart from his many accolades and records, Roger Federer has never retired or quit during the middle of the match. He was already injured when he played at Wimbledon against Hubert Hurkacz but he decided to continue with the match. Ben Rothenberg, a renowned journalist, takes a sarcastic dig at Federer for not quitting from any of his matches but rather chooses to worsen his injuries which later prove to be disastrous. He even suggested that there is no shame in quitting nor shameful to choose health over the game.
Federer had been planning to be back this year but had to postpone as his recovery didn’t go as per his plans. He last appeared at the 100 years anniversary celebration event of the Centre Court at Wimbledon where he expressed his desire to come back once more if his health and body permit but it looks like that desire will remain unfilled for the 8-time Wimbledon champion.
Roger Federer will be playing at the Laver Cup for the fourth time which also marks his final outing on the Tour
Roger Federer is hailed as one of the greatest players of all time with his 20 singles Grand Slam titles and 103 ATP titles to his kitty. He is the first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era and since his long absence from the court due to his injuries, he has been unranked for the very first time since his debut. This will be his fourth outing in Team Europe at the Laver Cup where his other three outings came in Prague 2017, Chicago 2018, and Geneva 2019.
His first title win came in 2003 at Wimbledon and his last Grand Slam title win was at the Australian Open in 2018. As he draws curtains on his glorious and illustrious career of 24 years, he penned down a letter on his social media account where he expressed his heartfelt emotions and the reason for the toughest decisions of his life. He even expressed his love for tennis and wishes to continue playing but not more as a professional player.