“We can all celebrate together!”: Roger Federer hints at farewell tour after playing last career game

‘We can all celebrate together!’: Roger Federer hints at farewell tour after last game of his career at Laver Cup and insists he wants to play in places he’s ‘never played before’

  • Roger Federer announced this after his Laver Cup match on Friday
  • Federer and Rafael Nadal were defeated by Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe
  • The 41-year-old said he would say “thank you for the years to come” to fans
  • The Swiss maestro announced his retirement from tennis last week

Roger Federer hinted at a possible farewell tour after playing the final professional match of his illustrious career in the early hours of Saturday morning at the O2 in London.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion failed to close the curtain with a final win in the competition after he teamed with doubles partner Rafael Nadal to defeat Team World pair Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-7 (2nd place) at the Laver ), 9: 11 had lost cup.

Both Federer and Nadal were in tears at the end of a two-hour and 14-minute bout in which the former world number one wasted a match point to the disappointment of a lively crowd of 17,500.

Roger Federer hinted at a possible farewell tour after playing his last career match on Friday

Roger Federer hinted at a possible farewell tour after playing his last career match on Friday

Not that the end result mattered as the 41-year-old was treated to a standing ovation during his ‘last dance’ and plenty of highlights including a 186-mile ace and a sensational drop-shot winner in the crucial tie-breaker.

Federer announced last week that the doubles competition on the first night of the Laver Cup, the Ryder Cup-style team competition he created, would be his last on the ATP Tour, but the door was left open for more chances to see him at the Tennis can be seen on courts around the world, just not in a professional capacity.

“I have absolutely no plans where, how, when. All I know is that I would love to play places I’ve never played before, or say thank you to all the people over the years who have been so supportive,” he said during a press conference that only ended after 2 a.m. on Saturday.

The Swiss legend was in tears after the end of his doubles match at the Laver Cup

The Swiss legend was in tears after the end of his doubles match at the Laver Cup

“Because the difficult thing about the Laver Cup was that the tickets were already sold out. You know, the people who might have wanted to be here couldn’t make it.

“Maybe there’s another way we can all celebrate together.”

Defeat in a comeback was finally publicly admitted by Federer last week after a series of surgeries on his right knee over the past two and a half years proved unsuccessful.

It meant the last singles competition of his career came at Wimbledon last year, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals, but he insisted the retirement he opted for last month was no longer a scary concept.

He added: “I could keep reminding myself on the pitch how wonderful that is.

Federer stepped onto the pitch with longtime rival Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena

Federer stepped onto the pitch with longtime rival Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena

“It’s not the end, the end, you know, life goes on. I’m healthy, I’m happy, everything is great and this is just a moment. That’s obviously how it’s supposed to be.

“Weeks ago I was actually so terrified of this moment that it really worried me.”

While Federer was emotional during his on-court interview paying tribute to his wife Mirka, he was happy to say goodbye in Nadal with a friend by his side.

The duo shared a long hug after Socks Sieger confirmed defeat before breaking down in tears after a retirement video was shown on the big screens, followed by a performance by British singer Ellie Goulding.

“Not being alone on this pitch for a whole evening helped a lot,” admitted Federer.

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