A confidante of Roger Federer believes the Swiss ace might shift the dates of the Laver Cup to avoid a clash with the virus-rescheduled French Open.
That’s the thinking of Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss Fed Cup captain and lead tennis commentator for the country’s German-speaking national television network..
With Swiss diplomacy now needed in tennis, the former player is tipping that Federer and the Laver Cup will take the moral high ground after Paris officials shook up tennis by shifting their clay court Grand Slam to a September 20 start as the COVID-19 virus disrupts the sporting calendar.
The Europe v World Laver Cup is set for Boston September 25-27.
While Roland Garros official said they tried to contact major players including Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer’s agent said his team had no early consultation before the fait accompli.
Speaking with Zurich’s Tages Anzeiger, Gunthardt said:
“I cannot imagine Federer insisting on the date of the Laver Cup” adding:-
“It is very possible that (Wimbledon) cannot take place as planned.
“The French (knowing their event could not be held in the normal May-June time frame) were the first to book this optimal date in autumn.
“(It is) as late as possible in autumn, but still early enough to be able to play outside.
Perhaps the US Open or Wimbledon would also have liked this date.
“So the French Open rushed ahead and secured it first.”
Federer is recovering at home during the virus lockdown from February knee surgery; tennis is currently halted by the virus emergency until at least June 8.