Roger Federer bid farewell to professional tennis on Friday with his last appearance on the court being the doubles match for Team Europe in the 2022 Laver Cup. Federer, who partnered with long-time rival Rafael Nadal for the event, lost the match 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 9-11 against Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Despite the result, Federer was smiling a lot during the game and enjoyed every moment. The atmosphere in the O2 arena was like he said, magical, with the fans, many tennis legends and his family.
“It was a magical evening yesterday. Thank you again to all the players and fans who were here to share this moment with me. It means the world,” wrote the 20-time Grand Slam champion on Twitter on Saturday.
Federer promised to the fans that he will see them in “different type of tennis court” in future and that’s not the end. He said:
“This is not the end-end, you know, life goes on,” said Federer.
“I’m healthy, I’m happy, everything’s great.
“The message from me was just making sure I relay my passion for the sport to the fans, and I let them know that hopefully we’ll see each other again on a different type of tennis court somewhere around the world,” he added.
“I have no plans whatsoever, where, how, when. All I know, I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank yous for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me.”