After nearly 20 years at the top, Roger Federer is about to face mortality in his tennis. 40 years old announced he will not be able to compete at the Australian Open in January and would be “deeply surprised” if he returned in time for Wimbledon in 2022.
Federer is recovering from knee surgery in August, his third surgery in a year and a half. His last appearance was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July. Swiss star announced he will undergo his most recent surgery a month after Wimbledon, hoping it will give him a “glimmer of hope” back in the tournament.
In an interview with Tribune de Geneva, Federer outlined what his ideal comeback would look like – and admitted it won’t be verbose.
“Even though I knew the end was near, I wanted to try playing some more big matches,” Federer said. “It won’t be easy, but I want to try.
“Let’s be clear: My life won’t fall apart if I don’t play another Grand Slam final,” added Federer, who has undergone two right knee surgeries within five months in 2020. “But it would be the ultimate dream – to go back there. I want to see one last time what I can do as a professional tennis player.”
Federer’s 20 major singles championships are tied with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal the most ever. He has won eight at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open and one at the French Open. But while the end of Federer’s career will give Djokovic an easier time surpassing him in the list of all-time greats, the Serbian isn’t starting for that to happen anytime soon.
“Obviously, Roger is an icon of our sport, and people around the world love him,” Djokovic said on Wednesday. “They love watching him compete; they love seeing him around. He’s so important to our sport, on and off the field. So for the sake of our sport, I really hope that we can see him play, at least another time.” “
Federer said he plans to resume running in January and return to the court with “complex support” in March or April. That timeline would keep him out of January’s Australian Open and possibly the May French Open and July’s Wimbledon.
Whenever he returns, however, Federer hopes to make it memorable.
“My ambition is to see for the last time what I’m capable of,” said Federer. “I also wish I could say goodbye in my own way and on the tennis court. That’s why I give my best in rehabilitation.”
https://www.cbssports.com/tennis/news/roger-federer-admits-end-is-near-for-his-career-announces-hell-miss-australian-open-and-likely-wimbledon/ Roger Federer admits ‘close to the end of his career, claims he will miss Australian Open and potentially Wimbledon