Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic arrive in London for the Epic 2022 Laver Cup


Last updated on 21 September 2022 at 16:48 (UK time)

21-time Grand Slam singles champion Novak Djokovic and recently retired tennis veteran Roger Federer arrived in London ahead of the fifth edition of the Laver Cup starting this week.

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Roger Federer was spotted landing at London City Airport on his private jet on Sunday, while his long-time rival and European team ally Novak Djokovic arrived on Tuesday afternoon. Other tennis big names spotted include Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime. This year’s Indian Wells Masters 1000 champion Taylor Fritz was also seen driving away in a Laver Cup branded Mercedes-Benz car.

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Conceived by Federer himself, the Laver Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament pitting top tennis players from Team Europe against Team World players. This year’s Laver Cup will take place on the 23rd-25th. September at London’s iconic O2 Arena, once home to the prestigious end-of-season ATP Tour Finals. Fans lucky enough to get tickets will be able to watch a number of singles and doubles matches between the two teams, as well as some blockbusters like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, all in one doubles match.

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Federer’s Last Dance

The Laver Cup is also the last opportunity for Team World and Team Europe players to play with or against Roger Federer. The Swiss tennis great announced last week that he will retire and say goodbye to tennis after the Laver Cup. The 41-year-old has been dealing with a series of recurring knee injuries since 2020 and despite his efforts to return to the ATP Tour, Federer felt it was time to put down the racket.

Federer said: “I know my body’s capabilities and limits and its message has been clear to me lately.” Many ATP Tour players and fans have referred to the Laver Cup on social media as Federer’s “last dance,” meaning their last chance to watch one of the greatest tennis players to ever compete in an official, professional tournament.

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The Laver Cup is not the first major tennis tournament to be held at London’s O2 Arena. The iconic venue has also hosted several ATP Tour finals over the years, in which Roger Federer has taken part. It also turns out that London is one of the Swiss Maestro’s favorite cities, making it the perfect place to say goodbye to tennis.

This city has been special to me, maybe the most special place with Wimbledon down the road and here at the O2, having played and qualified here for so many years.

– @LaverCup (Twitter)

This year, the Laver Cup will be held in London for the first time. The event alternates between cities in Europe and the rest of the world each year and has visited some impressive stages, including Boston’s TD Garden and Prague’s own O2 Arena. In 2023, the Laver Cup returns to North America to be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, before heading to Berlin in 2024 to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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While the Laver Cup features four of tennis’ best players, it also gives fans a chance to watch some of the ATP Tour’s up-and-coming talent. For example, this year US Open finalist Casper Ruud joins Team Europe and Australian powerhouse Alex De Minaur makes his Laver Cup debut with Team World. The Laver Cup is an exciting three-day event you won’t want to miss. Those watching in the UK can watch the Laver Cup on Eurosport. Below you can find the full lineups for Team Europe and Team World.

European team

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  • Björn Borg (Captain)
  • Thomas Enqvist (Vice Captain)
  • Roger Federer
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Andy Murray
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Casper Square
  • Matteo Berretti (alternative)

Team World

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  • John McEnroe (Captain)
  • Patrick McEnroe (Vice Captain)
  • Taylor Fritz
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime
  • Frances Tiafoe
  • Diego Schwartzman
  • Alex de Minaur
  • Jack Sock
  • Tommy Paul (alternative)