Tennis great Roger Federer has claimed that the tennis world is in bright hands despite his retirement and players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic growing older. Federer recently announced that the 2022 Laver Cup in London would be his last professional tournament.
He received a grand farewell during the event at the O2 arena, being carried atop their shoulders by players present on the court from both Team World and Team Europe in front of some roaring, packed spectators. Federer was then asked about how he sees the future of tennis and he had a positive reply.
“For me, I never worried about the game. People also thought the same when Agassi and Sampras retired. For me to now look at the future, I know it’s incredibly bright and I think we don’t have to worry about it on either side, men or women,” said the 20-time major champion.
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It was reported that some tickets at the event were sold for as much as 45090 pounds, with some fans even terming the prices ‘elitist’. However, there was no dearth of praise and admiration from fans, current and former players alike for Federer.
The Laver Cup also ended in thrilling fashion with Team World beating Team Europe for the first time in 2022 across the history of the tournament. After the event, Federer spoke at length to reporters about his future plans and how tennis would shape up following his retirement.
Federer recently suggested that he could become a commentator at Wimbledon as part of his future plans after retirement. Before his retirement, the last big match that he played was against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon 2021, where he had to suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of the youngster.
Federer also recently spoke about the match against Hurkacz and the treatment he received from the press at that time, saying they didn’t understand the extent of his knee injury despite it being obvious.
“People judge you but they don’t know. There was not one single question on my knee during the press conference, which to my eyes is phenomenal. It was the only thing in my mind. For months, each morning, each minute, and at the very end, I’m not supposed to even talk about it?” the Swiss great said.