Roger Federer has returned to a tennis court. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had bid farewell to tennis in September, playing his last match on the first day of the Laver Cup, choosing to play in doubles with Rafael Nadal, facing and losing to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
An emotional farewell, which made the star player and many of those present in the competition cry, from the Spaniard to Novak Djokovic. After stepping onto the London indoor court for the last time as a professional, Federer returned to the court for an event in Tokyo.
The former Swiss tennis player, through promotional engagements with Uniqlo, made some exchanges with Shingo Kunieda, the world number two in wheelchair tennis and winner of 28 Grand Slam titles. After visiting the country and putting on a show on the court, including teaching the boy, the 20-time Slam champion wrote a message on social media to thank the city.
"Tokyo, you were amazing as always! I loved seeing all my fans and spending time in such a special place. Thanks to Uniqlo for hosting me!", the Swiss champion wrote on social networks, who on Instagram published many photos of his journey, from the city tour to the promoted event.
Precisely at the event held on Japanese soil, the former tennis player from Basel spoke about his future, ruling out being a coach for the time being. "It makes me a little scared to do other sports after retirement. My knees look better, we have to wait a few months and see how the situation develops.
Now is the time to travel with the family. After a lifetime of tennis, now I want to relax. I am retired and want to have a little more adventurous vacation. Currently my four children are in school and with what is happening in the world I don't see myself as a coach right now.
But never say never."
Nick McCarvel on King Roger
Nick McCarvel, a well-known tennis reporter, analyst, and host, recently discussed Roger Federer's farewell at the 2022 Laver Cup. "It was amazing. I think Roger [Federer] pushed himself to get ready.
I think he was trying to come back. He came to Wimbledon for that centenary celebration to center court. I think there was the idea that he was gonna make the final push for one more Wimbledon 2023, but the body just wasn't up to it," McCarvel said.
"That week was so special, having Novak, Andy and Rafa there, having the next generation guys like Casper and Stef and even the team world guys. The scenes, Rafa [Nadal], Andy [Murray], Novak [Djokovic], all being very emotional in their own ways as Roger [Federer] was breaking down.
That was a really special moment for our sport and it's hard sometimes I think for us to contextualize it," he added.