Roger Federer's agent has addressed reports the Swiss legend will miss the upcoming Laver Cup due to recurring troubles with his surgically-repaired knee.
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The September 23-26 event will see Federer join forces with Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Team Europe in the first time that all four members of the 'Big 4' will play on the same team.
However Federer's participation has been thrown into major doubt, with reports emerging from Switzerland this week that he might not be able to play.
According to Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger, Federer could be forced to play a lighter Laver Cup schedule or skip the event completely due to fluid and inflammation on his knee.
Event rules state that every player must feature in at least one singles and one doubles match, which might be too much for Federer after 14 months on the sidelines.
He has also committed to playing at the Swiss Indoors event in Basel in October in what shapes as his return to the ATP tour.
Addressing reports about his participation at the Laver Cup on Thursday, Federer's agent and event chairman Tony Godsick said: "Federer has been practicing for some weeks now. He is feeling some pain but keeps trying.
"He's been training for weeks and wants to start in London and Basel. We'll see at the Laver Cup whether his knee will hold up."
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in doubt for Laver Cup
Federer helped create the Laver Cup with Aussie legend Rod Laver, with the team event set for its fifth edition in London later this month.
Ticket prices and sales have reportedly skyrocketed due to the interest in seeing Federer back in action, particularly considering the presence of fellow greats Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.
However Nadal's participation is also under a major cloud after the Spanish star revealed after his loss at the US Open that he's not sure when he will play again.
With wife Xisca expecting their first child in coming weeks and recently hospitalised in Spain, Nadal said he needed to prioritise his personal life.
"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.
"I need to go back. I need to fix things. I don't know when I'm going to come back.
"I going to try to be ready mentally. When I feel that I will be ready to compete again, I will be there."
The absence of Federer and Nadal would be a huge blow for Laver Cup organisers, with fans pointing out the insane price of tickets for this year's edition of the event.
No doubt Federer will show up for the event but it wouldn’t be wise to play (and per Laver Cup rules they need to play at least one singles and one doubles) if the rumours are truth. https://t.co/Nlo5xdO3LS
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) September 7, 2022
Potentially no Roger or Rafa at Laver Cup... Unfortunate for all those people who spent thousands of £'s on tickets...
— Ben Gray (@BenSkyWatcher1) September 7, 2022
No Federer, no Nadal. Big 4 becomes big 2
— Tushar Singh (@Tushar001Singh) September 7, 2022
Hearing that Federer may end up missing Laver Cup as he is not fit & Nadal may not play due to his personal situation. Will be quite ironical if Djokovic is the only Big 3 playing in the establishment without the Chairman & Vice Chairman of the establishment.
— Shobhit (@NovakGOATovic) September 7, 2022
Couldn’t believe when I managed to get Laver Cup tickets back in March that I’d actually be seeing ‘Fedal’ play doubles live 🐐🐐🙃 ……….. and now it appears I won’t be 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/VSTAuDLRvU
— Laura (@lost_art_grad) September 7, 2022
Both Roger and Rafa need to let fans know as soon as possible whether they are going to play #LaverCup. Their participation is the main reason for people buying tickets. If not, fans need to have their money refunded. The ticket prices were/are horrendous.
— Jane 20 22💙 (@Yorvik187) September 7, 2022
Yeah it's sad. I remember feeling after 2017 Australian Open that Federer could last forever
— Jim Clark (@ClarkAboveAll) September 7, 2022
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