Ever since the Laver Cup joined the tennis tour, Roger Federer has played a crucial role in the event. However, in the previous year, there was a shift when the 41-year-old Swiss tennis icon declared his retirement after participating in the fifth edition of the tournament. This year, much to his fans’ dismay, he will not be included as a player on the team roster. With the tournament approaching, he recently reflected on his memories from last year’s Laver Cup.
The previous tournament will forever hold a special place in the life of the 20-time Grand Slam winner. It was the year in which he competed in his final game alongside his dear friend Rafael Nadal and officially retired as a professional athlete.
Roger Federer reflects on his memories from the Laver Cup of last year.
The previous top-ranked player is very excited to participate in the Laver Cup Vancouver 2023. As one of the creators, Federer had a conversation about the event and shared a memory involving his other three close friends.
The Swiss tennis player was uncertain about competing in last year’s tournament due to his health issues. These struggles prevented him from making a comeback during the entire year.
On the Laver Cup’s website, he expressed his surprise at how much he enjoyed the experience. He never expected to play in Geneva and felt a bit sentimental about retiring at The O2, where he played many of his matches. He also appreciated the camaraderie of being on a team with players from different countries, such as himself and Rafa or himself and Novak.
However, he also mentioned the tournament as a long-held dream that he was able to make a reality by uniting top tennis players and former rivals.
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Despite having top players from the ATP tour in the previous year, this year’s tournament will not feature any Grand Slam matches at Rogers Arena. Nevertheless, the co-founder remains confident that the event will showcase high-quality tennis.
Roger Federer is excited for the upcoming Laver Cup.
While last year’s event featured Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal as part of Team Europe, this year, Team Europe doesn’t look the same. The 41-year-old Swiss tennis legend stated that this year, while Nadal is injured, the newly crowned 24-time Grand Slam champion has taken a break, leaving the tournament out of his competitive schedule.
Despite the team’s recent withdrawals, he remains optimistic about the upcoming competition in Vancouver. Additionally, top-ranked tennis player Taylor Fritz from Team World is prepared to handle the pressure, while Team Europe, led by Federer, includes impressive players such as Casper Ruud, Andrey Rublev, and Hubert Hurkacz.
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