Roger Federer discloses the ‘special’ provisions and rule tweaking done for him in order to participate in the 2022 Laver Cup

With injury concerns over looming over his participation in the 2022 Laver Cup, Roger Federer reveals the special arrangements done for him.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is preparing for his farewell match as the 2022 Laver Cup approaches. One of the co-founders of the tournament, Federer will bow out of professional tennis following the 3-day tournament in London scheduled over the coming weekend.

Federer however revealed that a certain liberty was given to him in order to accommodate him playing the tournament. With the rules requiring every player to play 1 singles match in the first two days, Federer would still play only in the doubles and retire from the sport once and for all after that.

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“I hope I can be somewhat competitive,”: Roger Federer

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Speaking in the press conference ahead of the tournament, Federer revealed the modifications that would see him play the tournament. It involved a conversation between him, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and the ATP before he received the green light to play for one last time before retiring.

“This is an ATP event that I don’t want to mess with But at the same time I know my limitations. That is why I asked Bjorn [Borg] if it was okay if I just played one doubles [match]. I guess Matteo [Berrettini] would come in and have to play for me on Saturday.

“Bjorn spoke to John [McEnroe], the tournament and the ATP, [asking] if that is ok and everyone said that is fine. So here I am trying to prepare for one last doubles. We will see who it is with. I’m nervous going in because I haven’t played in so long. I hope I can be somewhat competitive,” said Federer speaking in the press conference.

Having already hinted at a ‘Fedal’ dream pairing, fans can keep their fingers crossed to see Federer and Rafael Nadal team-up for the final time in Federer’s farewell match as the two sporting greats have gone from being arch-rivals to good friends overs the course of their respective glorious careers.

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Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Despite being a lifelong Roger Federer fan, he has admiration for other tennis stars as well.