Roger Federer will say goodbye to tennis at this week’s Laver Cup, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to compete in singles matches.
The Swiss legend has said that the team event will be his last appearance in top level tennis as his ongoing knee problems have ended any hopes of making a full comeback.
Those issues may prevent him from featuring in a singles match at the Laver Cup as well, though he’s targeting a doubles appearance to close the day on Friday.
“Maybe I can play doubles with Rafa [Nadal], that would be an absolute dream,” Federer told SRF News.
The two have already played alongside one another back at the 2017 Laver Cup, which was the first edition of the tournament.
Federer stated his decision to retire wasn’t made until recently. During his last visit to Wimbledon he was convinced he could still play in a few more tournaments, but a further examination of his knee needed those hopes.
“It can’t be that I’m trying to run after something that is no longer realistic,” he said. Federer also stated that he is proud “to have played for so long and to have so many fans”, while adding that “to be No.1 you have to give a lot, give up a lot. But in return I was able to travel all over the world and meet interesting people and cultures.”