January 20, 2019

Roger Federer: Will Federer retire in 2019? When is he playing at the Australian Open? | Tennis | Sport

Australian Open excitement is building ahead of the 2019 tournament and Roger Federer will be gunning for the title once again in Melbourne.

The Swiss master has won back-to-back titles Down Under and will be keen to extend his streak to a third title in a row.

Federer will start his Australian Open 2019 campaign against Uzbekistan ace Denis Istomin on Monday, January 11.

However, the start of the tournament has been overshadowed by Andy Murray’s press conference in which the British icon confirmed he will retire imminently due to a hip injury.

Murray missed a large chunk of 2018 following surgery and he remains in pain despite the procedure.

The 31-year-old hopes he can limp through to Wimbledon in July but admits the Australian Open may be his last tournament.

Naturally, questions will be raised over Federer’s future given that he will turn 38 this summer.

However, the 20-time Grand Slam winner is showing no signs of slowing down and has enjoyed a terrific Indian summer so far.

When will Roger Federer retire?

Federer has been asked about his future repeatedly in the last few years, but his latest interview with CNN provided an up-to-date insight into his thinking.

He said: “I hope it doesn’t end with an injury. I’d like to go out on my terms.

“I don’t have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere, and then I have to announce it big and say, that was it, by the way, guys. I don’t have to have it that way.

“If I wanted it that way, I could’ve maybe said it after the Australian Open when I beat Rafa in that epic final. I don’t know if it’s ever going to get better than that, because that was it for me.”

Australian Open TV channel – how to watch

Tennis fans in the UK can watch the Australian Open via the Eurosport TV channel and on the Eurosport Player live streaming service.

Fans who don’t subscribe to Eurosport can still sign up for a special deal to watch all of the action for just 1p.

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can add the Eurosport channel to your account for only 1p per month (up to six months).

Customers who take up the full six months can also tune in for the French Open in May, while the US Open is exclusive to Amazon Prime itself.

Australian Open 2019 draw (selected Men’s singles matches)

1-N.Djokovic v Qualifier

Qualifier v 8-K.Nishikori

4-A.Zverev v A.Bedene

N.Kyrgios v 16-M.Raonic

B.Paire v 7-D.Thiem

6-M.Cilic v B.Tomic

22-R.Bautista-Agut v A.Murray


5-K.Anderson v A.Mannarino

13-K.Edmund v T.Berdych

J.Duckworth v 2-R.Nadal

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