Roger Federer is nervous before farewell match: “Definitely don’t want it to be a funeral” Tennis

Roger Federer is nervous before farewell match: “Definitely don’t want it to be a funeral” Tennis
Roger Federer is nervous before farewell match: “Definitely don’t want it to be a funeral” Tennis

“It’s funny that on a professional tennis court, with good lighting, you always play a little better tennis,” says a relaxed Roger Federer after his training session for the Laver Cup.

The living tennis legend says goodbye to the game of doubles. “But I definitely don’t want it to be a funeral,” he says. “I want it to be an atmospheric party, it can be a party.”

“I feel a bit nervous,” admits the Swiss. “I haven’t played in a long time. Hopefully I can be a bit competitive.”

The former number 1 also talked about his last years as a pro. “I always tried to get the most out of training, but that became more difficult. I also got tired faster. That dragged on, so I even became a bit pessimistic about the future up.”

“At a certain point you realize I’m at a crossroads and I have to make a decision,” Federer continued. “I didn’t want to risk my body any longer. That’s when you realize your career is ending. That makes you sad.”

Roger Federer called his farewell “bittersweet”. “It’s bitter, because you always want to play. I like to travel and play on full courts. But it’s also sweet, because everyone has to end their career at some point. And I loved every minute of it.”

What will the future bring? The grandmaster himself is not yet out on that. He reassures his fans: “I will not become a ghost”.

The Laver Cup kicks off on Friday, September 23. The first doubles – with Federer – are scheduled a day later.

The article is in Dutch

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