The final show for the King of Tennis, with London in the background to welcome the event expected to break the record. The Laver Cup scheduled for the weekend in the English capital, another of the long days dedicated to the farewell of Queen Elizabeth, is the date on which Roger Federer decided to end his career: a performance at the O2 Arena on the weekend in the fact that his farewell from professional tennis is destined to be, And the fever rises in London to witness the match on the legend of the racket. The latest available tickets come at exorbitant prices. Federer arrived in the British capital, before the match of Europe against the rest of the world, which he organizes himself through his management company. Three Days of Tennis, which this year will take place – for the first time – in the Greenwich Building, formerly home to the ATP Finals. On the eve of his debut, however, there is still more than a doubt about being at Federer’s Court, who last week announced his retirement from tennis: The London Championships will be his last tournament as a professional. As if he would close a circuit since he was in London, now 14 months ago, the Swiss played his last match, losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. A defeat caused by knee problems forced him a few weeks later to undergo surgery.
“He will decide at the last minute whether to play or not – as his trusted physiotherapist, Pierre Paganini told the Swiss newspaper Blink – since July that he considered retiring, when he noticed that in training he was struggling increasingly, intensity .. I think it was a wise decision Because the problem is not just about the knee, Roger has played many matches in his career, and he has put his body to the limit.”
Even the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, inspired by the Ryder Cup centenary golf challenge, sees the European team – always winning so far – clearly favourite, also thanks to the fact that it has brought together (for the last time) the “Big Four”, the undisputed arbiters of tennis players of the two decades. The last two: In addition to Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray. Even this explains the rush to tickets, which in the minutes after the announcement of Federer’s retirement reached exorbitant ratings, from 28 thousand to 50 thousand euros. An event not to be missed by fans, regardless of its sporting content: a tournament that promises to be a festive celebration for Federer. With whom he hopes to play, at least once in his career, Murray, his opponent in 25 games on the ATP circuit. “I’ve been fortunate to play against him in great finals – in the words of the Scot. At the moment, I probably don’t fully understand the significance of those moments. I haven’t spoken to him yet. I hope he takes on the field, playing them together in my husband: that would be something special” . London is ready to bid farewell to the tennis legend.
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