Roger Federer could miss final event in London despite tickets costing fans £15k

Roger Federer will leave it as late as possible before deciding if he'll play in this week's Laver Cup despite some fans having forked out £15k to see his 'last dance'.

The all-time great announced last week that the team competition would represent his last professional event, having seen side-lined since last August following a third bout of knee surgery. A fairy tale return at Wimbledon this summer never materialised, despite the 41-year-old attending a ceremony of former champions.

Following his statement, the clamour to see the action at The O2 Arena from September 23-25 sky rocketed. Many fans were left complaining of the tournament website crashing when they attempted to join an online queue for tickets.

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On resale sites, the top seats have been priced at as much as £15k, with touts keen to capitalise on the sudden demand to see the icon's final matches. However, those who have emptied their wallets now face an anxious wait between now and Friday.

Federer's long-term fitness coach Pierre Paganini has revealed there is as yet no guarantee the Swiss maestro will serve Bjorn Borg's team in a playing role: "He will decide at the last moment," he said. "He’s trained to have as much information as possible about whether it is a good idea or not."

As it stands, Team Europe consists of Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Casper Ruud, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. But now, Matteo Berrettini is on standby should the star attraction lose his fitness battle.

The Italian player will fulfil all the mandatory pre-event duties with the rest of the players, although could yet end up being the pantomime villain if spectators have to watch him over their hero. Bjorg's men are aiming for a fifth consecutive win over Team World, who are being captained by John McEnroe.

Federer will finish with 20 Grand Slam titles to his name after a storybook career, having burst onto the scene by winning Wimbledon in 2003.

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