Roger Federer is reportedly in serious doubt for the Laver Cup later this month in what is supposed to be his return to tennis after over a year on the sidelines.
The 41-year-old champion hasn’t played since losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021 after undergoing a third knee surgery.
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The 20-time grand slam champion has been slowly working his way back to full fitness and is supposed to make his return at the Laver Cup on September 23 – teaming up with Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Team Europe.
However reports out of Switzerland have stated that Federer is highly unlikely to play due to fluid on his knee and inflammation.
According to Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger, Federer could be forced to play a lighter Laver Cup schedule or skip the event completely.
If he does play he would be required to play at least one singles and one doubles match, as per the rules of the event.
If Federer is forced to miss the event it would be a huge blow to organisers, with fans snapping up tickets at skyrocketing prices due to the prospect of seeing the Swiss legend play alongside great rivals Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.
The Laver Cup has been touted as the first time that all four members of the ‘Big 4’ with play together on the same team, however there are also doubts over Nadal’s participation.
Speaking after his loss in the fourth round at the US Open, the Spaniard said he wasn’t sure when he would be back on court.
With his wife Xisca expecting their first baby in weeks and currently hospitalised in Spain, Nadal said he needed to put his personal life first.
“Now I have to go home, I have more important things than tennis to attend to,” he said.
“Decisions will be made based on how everything goes in my personal life, which comes before my professional life.
“It’s been a bit difficult for a few months but I want to finish the year with something very important that is my first child.