Roger Federer retires to the Laver Cup. Photo EFE.
Between 25,000 and 50,000 euros. This is the price range to see Roger Federer one last time. Tickets to attend the Laver Cup, obtainable only through resale, have skyrocketed thanks to the Swiss, who will offer the public his latest shots in one of the most exclusive events in London.
And that Laver does not cease to be a practically exhibition tournament, even if it now has the support of the ATP and that the wins and losses count for the official tally of the circuit. Obviously it does not distribute points for the ranking.
But the tournament, organized by TEAM8, the representative agency that Federer himself leads together with his long-time agent, Tony Godsick, remains a unique piece of the circuit, to compare the best players in Europe with those from the rest of the world. and to be able to see unique scenes, like enjoying Federer and Rafael Nadal together in the same doubles team, or the Swiss and Novak Djokovic who are also couples on the pitch.
To the morbidity of being together with the ‘Big Four’, formed by Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Andy Murray, for the first time in history, was added the last minute surprise that this will be the last tournament of the Swiss, which will be he will no longer play any official competition after this weekend.
Hence, the value of the tickets has skyrocketed. A ticket for the tournament appeared months ago on the official website, at the maximum price of 375 pounds (430 euros), a modest amount compared to what is customary to pay thousands and thousands of euros to attend Wimbledon.
The most expensive tickets, those on Fridays, the only day Federer will play, range from 25,000 to 50,000 euros. A last golden opportunity to lower the curtain on a career that spanned 24 years and left in its wake 20 Grand Slams, 310 weeks at the top of the rankings, 103 titles, two Olympic medals and over 1,250 victories, plus a few you earn only in prizes that reach 130 million euros.
Federer says goodbye to tennis by playing doubles with Nadal
After the announcement of Roger Federer’s retirement, which generated a huge impact in the world of tennis and sport in general, the main unknown was to know which and how many matches he could have played in the Laver Cup, given that he is entitled knee prevents him from competing in the elite.
The doubts began to clear them up himself. First, speaking to the Swiss press, he said that his goal was to play double on Friday in a “acceptable levelThen, already in London for the last tournament of his career, he confirmed in a press conference that he is preparing and assured that “it would be a dream to play with Rafa (Nadal)”.
And so it will be. The organizers of the tournament, through their official channels, have announced the schedule of matches for Friday and There will be Federer and Nadal. Together. They will face the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Thus, together with his greatest rival, he will put an end to an extraordinary career. It is that the regulation of this tournament, which he himself promoted, prevents a tennis player who does not play singles (as will be the case with Roger), from participating in the doubles on Saturday and / or Sunday.
“I am nervous after not playing for so long, I hope to be competitiveFederer acknowledged. He has not officially played since July 7, 2021, when he fell in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon against Hubert Hurkacz.
“After all the amazing things we’ve shared over the years, being part of this historic moment will be something unforgettable for me“, assured Rafael Nadal in the press conference before the start of the competition.
With information from EFE.