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Federer disappointed but understanding after Laver Cup rescheduling

Roger Federer (Gallo Images)
Roger Federer (Gallo Images)

Roger Federer admits it is "unfortunate" that this year's Laver Cup had to be postponed, but concedes "it's the right thing to do for everyone concerned".

The tennis schedule has been thrown into disarray due to the coronavirus pandemic with the powers that be opting to suspend all competitive tennis until 13 July.

Typically it would have meant that both the clay-court and grass-court seasons were cancelled, but Roland Garros officials jumped the gun and announced the French Open would move from its original 24 May-7 June slot to 20 September-4 October.

It clashed with the 2020 Laver Cup as Boston was due to host the team tournament from 24-26 September.

However, Laver Cup organisers on Friday confirmed that their event had been postponed until September 2021.

Federer, who co-created the tournament, expressed his disappointment.

"It's unfortunate that the Laver Cup has to be pushed back a year, but at this stage it's the right thing to do for everyone concerned," the 20-time Grand Slam winner said.

"Although disappointing, the good news is that TD Garden will still be able to host the event next year and I really look forward to finally playing in Boston for the first time at Laver Cup 2021."

- TEAMtalk media

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