This weekend Roger Federer will officially say goodbye to tennis. The Swiss will play the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, scheduled at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. Although the King has never abandoned the desire to return to competition, he has had to give up in the face of the evidence.
The progress made in recent months is not enough to return to the highest levels, as revealed by its long-time trainer Pierre Paganini in a long interview with the newspaper ‘Blick’ The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not been able to play as and as much as he would have liked in the past two and a half years, thanks to a serious right knee injury.
The former ATP number 1 had tried a timid comeback in 2021, playing just 13 official matches and not going beyond the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The 41-year-old from Basel has already arrived in London and trained with Stefanos Tsitsipas, reflecting his desire to close the field.
In a long interview with ‘matin.ch’, Yves Allegro wanted to pay homage to his great friend Roger.
Allegro praises Federer
Roger Federer’s old friend, former roommate and doubles partner Yves Allegro has a lot to say about the man with 20 Grand Slam titles.
After telling an anecdote dating back to the birth of the twins of the Federer couple, the former 32nd in the world in doubles spoke of the legacy of the “maestro” at matin.ch. “I was lucky enough to experience all of this next to him.
Me, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer: we can just say thank you to him because thanks to him, we lived through an incredible time. For me, he is the greatest player of all time because he changed tennis and put it on another planet, like Tiger Woods did in golf.
The integration of the media, it is him, the increase in the prize money too. He made tennis international and changed the lives of many people in Switzerland and around the world. Nobody else has done that in sports.” Patrick McEnroe looked back fondly at a memorable interview experience with Roger Federer.
“So I sit next to Roger on the bench, just shaking hands, crowd going crazy. They are setting up for the trophy awards, you know so that we can get a little time, CBS goes to commercial. I take off my ear piece and I put my mouthpiece aside and said, Roger, well done, you finished the match so fast, you know so fill up the time would be okay to do an extended interview?” McEnroe said.