RAuger Federer says goodbye to tennis this week Laver Cupbut it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to compete in singles matches.
The Swiss legend said the team event would be his last top-level tennis appearance as his persistent knee problems ended any hopes of a full comeback.
These problems may prevent him from taking part in a singles match on Laver Cup also, though he’s aiming for a doubles performance to close out the day on Friday.
“Maybe I can play with Rafa. [Nadal]it would be an absolute dream,” Federer told SRF News.
The two had already played together at the 2017 Laver Cup which was the first tournament.
Federer said his decision to step down was only made recently. During his last visit to Wimbledon he was convinced that he could play in a few more tournaments, but further examination of his knee needed those hopes.
“It can’t be that I’m trying to run after something that’s not real anymore,” he said. Federer also stated that he was proud to have “played for so long and had so many fans,” adding that “to be No. 1, you have to give a lot, give up a lot. But in return, I was able to travel around the world and meet interesting people and cultures.”