Roger Federer has confirmed that the last game of his tennis career will be in doubles on Friday night in the Laver Cup.
The 41-year-old, who announced his retirement from the sport last week after a record career, said he still has to deal with the “limitations” of his body.
The Swiss has undergone several knee surgeries in recent years and has not played competitively since being defeated in the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz.
As it stands, that will be Federer’s last singles match of his career, but the 20-time grand slam champion has confirmed he will face court for the final time at the O2 Arena in doubles.
Rafael Nadal is said to be a popular doubles partner for Federer, who said it would be “great” to play alongside the Spaniard and his longtime rival. Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray could also play alongside Federer for Team Europe, while his Team World opponents are confirmed on Thursday.
Under the rules of the Laver Cup, a tournament Federer helped create, all six players from each team must play in at least one singles match on the first two days of the tournament.
But Federer said he had discussed the idea of playing just one doubles match with Team Europe captain Bjorn Bjorg, Team World captain John McEnroe, as well as the organizers of the tournament, and had been cleared not to play in singles. .
Federer will be replaced in the tournament by Europe’s substitute, Matteo Berrettini, who will replace Federer in singles on Saturday.