Roger Federer walked out of the tunnel at the 2022 Laver Cup to a standing ovation of the highest order, marking a fitting tribute to the Swiss maestro in his farewell tournament.
Representing Team Europe in the competition, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was the last to be introduced to the crowd in attendance, following the likes of 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and 21-time Major winner Novak Djokovic. While the rest of his team received their fair bit of applause as well, the biggest of the night was reserved for the 41-year-old without question.
From the moment the announcer started rattling off Federer’s list of enviable records – “An Olympic gold medalist, he was World No. 1 for a combined 310 weeks, capturing 20 Majors, it’s the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer!” – his loyalists got to their feet and did not stop cheering until he reached his spot next to Nadal.
Even the former World No. 1’s teammates like Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas could not contain their excitement, as they too were spotted clapping their hearts out watching the soon-to-be-retiree enter the arena.
Roger Federer will be playing a doubles match alongside Rafael Nadal at the 2022 Laver Cup