Roger Federer made a joke after none of the journalists present at a Laver Cup press conference rushed to ask him questions after the organizers opened the mic for them. “First question, anybody?” the organizers said.
After a moment of silence, a giggling Federer asked: “That's it?”
Federer says he “won't be a ghost”
During a Laver Cup press conference, Roger Federer let everybody know that he won't copy Bjorn Borg and disappear from the sport as the Swedish player did.
“I just wanted to let the fans know I won't be a ghost, you know? It's funny you know, I talked about Bjorn Borg just before. I don't think he returned to Wimbledon for 25 years. That, in a way hurts every tennis fan.
Totally acceptable, his life, his reasons, you know… but I don't think I'll be that guy. I feel that tennis has given me too much. I've been around the game for too long, I've fallen in love with too many things, I love seeing people again, and that is kind of what I wanted to let the fans know that you will see me again.
Not just never again… Now, what it could be, in what capacity? I don't know. I still have to think about it a little bit. Give myself time,” said Federer during a Laver Cup press conference. Federer will play his last tournament before retirement at Laver Cup.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I've worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.
I'm 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.”