Roger Federer is retiring from professional tennis and this weekend’s Laver Cup will be his departure. The fifth annual tournament is held on indoor hard courts in London and pits Team Europe against the rest of the world.
On Thursday, before what became a bizarre first game on Friday, the players took part in a gala dinner. Last night’s event led to one of the most epic photos in tennis history.
In front of the famous Tower Bridge, four sports icons gathered in black tie for a selfie. Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the four best tennis players in modern history, if not all time, and they were able to put their rivalries aside for an Instagram photo with friends.
The photo includes some of the most legendary tennis players to ever do so. In turn, it includes some of the richest tennis players to ever do so.
The combined net worth of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Murray is mind-boggling.
Federer, who has racked up $130 million in prize money over his illustrious career, is believed to be worth around $550 million. And he probably has a few Swiss accounts that may or may not be included.
Djokovic has earned $150 million from ATP tournaments, making him the highest earning player in tennis history. He has an estimated net worth in the ballpark of $220 million.
Nadal, the king of clay, is second only to Federer in terms of prize money. His net worth is also estimated to be around $220 million.
Murray, who won just (lol) $62 million in earnings, estimated to be around $165 million. Not too bad for the less wealthy of the four.
When you combine each of their net worths, it comes to $1,155,000,000. This picture from Thursday is worth over a billion dollars.
After taking a quick shot, Federer continued his warm-up for Friday’s game. To do this, he and Deiego Schwartzman got after that at ping pong. You don’t want Federer smoking ping pong.
An emotional Rafa
Once the gala started, as tradition dictates, the doubles partners introduced themselves. It meant Nadal had to introduce Federer, and his introduction was rather emotional between two longtime rivals turned friends.
Federer then delivered his speech. It was short, sweet and sentimental.
The Laver Cup proper kicked off on Friday and things started with an interesting twist. A protester set his arm on fire before Federer’s last professional tennis match.
Despite the chaos, it was a good start for one of the greats.