Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

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It is almost fitting that Roger Federer will end his professional career in Britain, where he won many of his 20 Grand Slam titles.

Federer will play for the final time on the ATP Tour in the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London, not too far from the All England Club, where he won the Wimbledon title eight times.

Federer said in a news conference on Wednesday that before Serena Williams announced her retirement he had considered announcing his retirement ahead of the U.S. Open. He said he decided to delay his announcement because he wasn’t going to be in New York for the tournament, and he didn’t want fans to think he was “going to be a stranger to the game.”

“It all worked out, so I’m happy to do it here in London,” Federer said. “After thinking about it, the city has been special to me — maybe the most special place with Wimbledon down the road.”

Federer added he has enjoyed the crowds in Britain throughout his career.

“I think it’s quite nostalgic for him to be here,” Tony Godsick, Federer’s agent said in an interview.

On top of his Wimbledon titles in Britain, Federer also won the ATP Finals in London in 2010 and 2011.

“Although he’s not British, he is an adopted son, as he has won eight Wimbledon titles. So playing his last tournament of his career in London, I think is pretty exciting and unique for him,” Godsick said. “There’s a very educated tennis crowd here in the U.K., and although our fan base is quite international, I think he’s really excited.”

Because Federer hasn’t played in more than a year, Godsick said that he thinks Federer will face some nerves.

“He’s not immune to being nervous and certainly not immune to being emotional, as we’ve seen on the court, so I think it’s going to be quite the weekend,” he said.

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