Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal confirm doubles plans in blockbuster pairing


Federer and Nadal will be joining forces on Team Europe for the third time in Laver Cup history.

The Swiss star has been a staple of the team every year except 2021, when he was sidelined after a third knee surgery.

Nadal joined the squad in the tournament’s inaugural year in 2017, playing doubles alongside Federer in Prague, and again in 2019 when the rivals acted as coaches for one another during their matches in Geneva.

Federer and his TEAM8 management company co-created the event to honour Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, following a Ryder Cup-style format which sees Team Europe take on Team World in a three-day event, with points up for grabs on each match win.

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Federer has been out of action since last July, announcing he would be undergoing a third knee surgery in the space of 18 months after suffering a “setback” with his ongoing injury during the grass-court season.

The 40-year-old has been able to offer little indication of a comeback, recently admitting he would be able to tell in April or May after his training intensity was allowed to go up, but now looks set to return by September for the Laver Cup, taking place from September 23 to 25 in London.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back into competition later this year and Laver Cup is very much part of my plan. It’s no secret that I love the event and I’m super excited to be returning to The O2 and to London, one of the greatest cities in the world,” the current world No 30 said of his participation at the team event later this year.

And the pair look set to team up on the doubles court five years after their first outing in Prague.

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