Roger Federer news leaves tennis fans shattered ahead of return

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Roger Federer, pictured here at Wimbledon in July.
Roger Federer waves to fans at Wimbledon in July. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)

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.

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, pictured here at the Laver Cup in 2019.
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal at the Laver Cup in 2019. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

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.

"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."

Tennis fans were left shattered over the reports that Federer might be forced to miss the Laver Cup.

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Federer had fans in a frenzy last month when he released footage of himself on the practice court ahead of his return.

The Swiss legend has reportedly been training with former professional player Ivo Huenberger.

He has committed to playing the ATP event in Basel in October in what could be his return to the court if he can't play the Laver Cup.

Reports have been swirling that Federer is on the verge of announcing his retirement, but the 41-year-old hinted at Wimbledon in July that he wanted to play the grass-court grand slam one last time.

“It's great to be here with all the other champions," Federer said during a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon's centre court.

"This court has given me my biggest wins and my biggest losses. I hope I can come back one more time.

“I've missed it here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead. I maybe didn't think it was going to take this long to come back - the knee has been rough on me.”

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