Roger Federer has teamed up with the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton will announce a charity event that will take place before the highly anticipated return of the tennis great.
Federer hasn’t played on the ATP Tour since his fourth-round loss at Wimbledon in 2021.
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He then underwent third surgery on his troublesome knee and slowly regained his full fitness in order to make a comeback.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will return to competition at the Laver Cup in September before playing the ATP event in Basel in October.
But before making his return to the Laver Cup, he will take to the pitch for a charity event with the Duchess of Cambridge.
Federer and Kate will take part in the “Laver Cup Open Training Day” on September 22 for a charity event that will raise money for underprivileged and vulnerable children.
Tennis greats Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will also take part before teaming up for Team Europe in the Laver Cup.
The event will raise funds for two organizations of which Kate is patron – Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association.
“I am delighted to announce that Laver Cup is partnering with the Duchess of Cambridge this year to raise funds for two amazing charities,” Federer tweeted.
“Thank you for your support, and I can’t wait to see you in London!”
Kensington Palace said the Laver Cup collaboration – which Federer helped create – was Kate’s idea.
The Palace said the Duchess was “passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all walks of life to get involved in the sport”.
Kate is a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – the organization that organizes Wimbledon each year.
She often presents trophies to Grand Slam finalists on grass and presented Federer with his runner-up trophy after his loss to Novak Djokovic in 2019.
The Duchess previously revealed how much Federer was Prince George’s favorite player, while the Swiss maestro and his wife Mirka were guests at Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017.
“Roger is my mother’s idol,” Kate revealed in an interview with the BBC.
“I don’t think she’ll mind me saying that. I think he probably knows that too.”
Roger Federer back at the Laver Cup
Captained by Bjorn Borg, Europe’s dream squad of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray will take on John McEnroe’s Team World in the fifth edition of the event at London’s O2 Stadium from September 23-25.
This will mark the first time Djokovic will appear at the event since 2018 when it took place in Chicago, and the first time the four members of the “Big 4” will play together.
The last time Djokovic played in 2018, the only other ‘Big 4’ member to play was Federer, but in 2022 Team Europe will have all four at their disposal.
“It’s the only competition where you can play in a team environment with guys you normally compete against and join Rafa, Roger and Andy – three of my biggest rivals of all time,” Djokovic said. announcing their participation.
“It will be a truly unique moment in the history of our sport.”
The European side are aiming for a fifth consecutive Laver Cup triumph and are unbeaten in the format having won Prague 2017, Chicago 2018, Geneva 2019 and Boston 2021.
“I don’t think I could have imagined having these four sports icons on one team,” Borg said.
“I know that they appreciate, like me, the importance of this moment and that they will be really up for it.
“Every year our goal is to win. With Rafa, Roger, Andy and Novak in the squad, I like our chances.”
Unfortunately for Team World, Nick Kyrgios has announced that he is unavailable and will be returning to Australia to spend some much needed time with his family.
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