Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, and Spain's Rafael Nadal attend a training session ahead of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Roger Federer will step on the court for the final time Friday, Sept. 23 when he plays doubles with Rafael Nadal. The Laver Cup will be live streamed on DirecTV (free trial) and fuboTV (free trial).
It was quite a collection of tennis luminaries sharing the black indoor hard court for a Laver Cup doubles practice session Thursday, 66 Grand Slam titles among them, a group collectively nicknamed the Big Four: Federer and Nadal on one side of the net; Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on the other.
This team event founded by his management company marks the end of Federer’s career, and his last match will come Friday night alongside longtime rival Nadal for Team Europe against the Team World doubles pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
“I’m not sure if I can handle it all. But I’ll try,” the 41-year-old Federer said about his sure-to-be-emotional on-court farewell after 20 major championships, a total of 103 tournament titles and hundreds of weeks at No. 1 across nearly a quarter of a century as a professional tennis player.
“Sitting here,” Federer said Thursday at a team news conference, with Nadal, who is 36, to his left, and Djokovic and Murray, both 35, a couple of seats down to his right, “it feels good that I go first from the guys. It feels right.”
Federer is ending his playing days following a series of operations on his right knee. He hasn’t competed since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021.
Roger Federer will play doubles with Rafael Nadal on Friday, Sept. 23 in the Laver Cup. The doubles match is set for 1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET). Play at the event starts at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. ET).
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The game will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The most basic of plans is the “fubo standard” package, which comprises 121-plus channels for $69.99 per month. Like all cord-cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports. It comes with more than 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR, and up to 10 screens at once.
Roger Federer’s final match will be televised on The Tennis Channel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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