Shingo Kunieda


Roger Federer will make his first public appearance since retiring from professional tennis on 19th November in Tokyo, Japan.

The 20-time Slam champion will take part in the Uniqlo LifeWear Day in the Japanese capital. The promotional event for the clothing retailer will also involve wheelchair tennis great Shingo Kunieda and celebrate the careers of him and Federer. It will take place at the Ariake Coliseum, the venue of the ATP 500 Japan Open played earlier in October. Federer and Kunieda will take part in a ‘talk session’ as part of the event schedule.

The Swiss legend retired from the sport at the Laver Cup last month, but made clear to fans that he would remain involved in the sport.

“I won’t be a ghost,” he said at an event press conference there.

Roger Federer declined an invitation for a ceremony at his home event of the Swiss Indoors Basel at the end of October. He said while he appreciated the thought, it was too close to his retirement in London.

Fans hope to see Federer in exhibition matches in the future. There is even talk he will try his hand at commentary come Wimbledon next year.

Federer to play tennis again in November at a Uniqlo event in Tokyo
The former world No 1 will play alongside wheelchair star Shingo Kunieda on November 19 in Tokyo

Freshly retired from the courts, Roger Federer is already going to have to get his racquets out of the cupboard! The Swiss had announced that he would never be far from tennis and that his fans would have the opportunity to see him again, he didn’t take long to keep his word.

On October 19, his Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo issued a statement announcing the presence of the man with 20 Grand Slam titles at the Uniqlo Life Wear Day, which will take place on 19 November 2022 at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, the venue that usually hosts the ATP 500 tournament in October.

“Uniqlo Life Wear Day Tokyo 2022 with Roger Federer, an event to connect the next generation, will be held at Ariake Coliseum to celebrate the achievements of global brand ambassador Roger Federer, who retired from professional tennis in September this year,” they said.

“Through this event, Uniqlo will promote initiatives to inspire the next generation that will contribute to the sustainable development of society, nurture the dreams of children who will lead the future and achieve a better society.”

The day’s programme will include a conference with brand ambassador Federer and wheelchair tennis player Shingo Kunieda, who is currently the world’s number two player with 28 Grand Slam singles titles to his name. The two men will then play tennis with children at the Ariake Coliseum.

Federer will then play alone against Shingo Kunieda to conclude the day in style. Japanese fans will therefore have the opportunity to admire the Swiss, who was already present in Tokyo for Life Wear Day in 2019 and who won the ATP tournament in 2006.