Roger Federer is set to play his last professional tennis match when he teams up with longtime rival Rafael Nadal for Team Europe against the World Team doubles duo of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock on Friday.
But ahead of his final swansong, the Swiss maestro uploaded a video of himself – in his tuxedo. He captioned it: “Just a little warm-up before the gala.”
just a little warm up before the gala 🏓 pic.twitter.com/U4udl8hKV4
—Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 22, 2022
Roger Federer can be seen playing table tennis with Team World’s Diego Schwartzman, before the start of the Laver Cup.
Federer is ending his playing days after a series of right knee operations. He has not competed since a Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021.
In February this year, when news broke that Federer would be in London this week, he said Nadal sent him a message suggesting he play doubles together again. They teamed up to win a doubles match in the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017.
“I’m not sure I can handle it all. But I will try, ”said Federer, 41, of his farewell on the court which will certainly be emotional after 20 major championships, a total of 103 tournament titles and hundreds of weeks at No. a quarter century as a professional tennis player.
“Sitting here,” Federer said Thursday during a team press conference, with Nadal, who is 36, to his left, and Djokovic and Murray, both 35, a few seats to his right. , “It feels good that I go first of the guys. It feels good.