This is it, guys and girls. The end of an era. Roger Federer’s calling time on his ace career.
He’s been been blighted by injuries of late, but bows out from the pro game with 20 Grand Slams on his CV and plenty of people on social media branding him the GOAT.
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Speaking about his decision to retire, Federer said: “The last three years have been tough, to say the least.
“I knew I was on very thin ice for the last year, ever since I played Wimbledon. I tried to come back, but there was a limit to what I could do. And I stopped believing in it, to be honest.”
He added: “I love this game and I want to stay involved in some shape or form. I won’t be a ghost or a stranger.”
At the age of 41, the final match of Federer’s career is almost upon us… so when is he taking to the court for the last dance?
Well, Federer is taking part in the Laver Cup, which is scheduled to take place between Friday, September 23 and Sunday, September 25. The hard-court tournament pitches Team Europe against Team World in tennis’ equivalent of the Ryder Cup, with a host of big names taking part.
Federer is set to team up with long-term rival/friend Rafael Nadal in a doubles match on the opening day of the tournament before being replaced by alternate Matteo Berrettini for the remainder of the competition. The dream team, with a combined 42 Grand Slam titles between them, face Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe following the conclusion of Andy Murray’s singles match against Alex De Minaur, which is scheduled to start at 7pm.
The O2 Arena in London stages the Laver Cup 2022 so tennis fans in the English capital will get one last chance to catch the maestro in action.
Paddy’s tennis traders will have the latest odds for Federer’s last match and the rest of this year’s Laver Cup on the Paddy Power website.
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