Federer does not play again at least until Wimbledon

Roger Federer’s return to the ATP circuit is increasingly complicated. The Swiss tennis player himself confirmed that the recovery of his right knee is slower than expected, so he estimates that he will only play again in the European summer, which means that he will not compete at the Australian Open or at Roland Garros. The hope is that he can make it to the grass season, with Wimbledon as the big goal.

“I will be able to go back to running quietly in January and resume the sessions on the court with complex support in March or April. So now I calculate that my return to competition will be in the European summer of 2022,” Federer explained in statements to the Swiss newspaper Le Matin.

Federer, born in Basel 40 years ago and winner of 20 Grand Slam, a record figure shared with Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic, last played on June 27 when he lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinals with him. Pole Hubert Hurkacz, in inferior conditions due to the injury that persecutes him in the right knee.

The Swiss, former world number one and winner of 103 titles on the circuit, had three operations on his knee in the last 18 months, without being able to solve the problem. “I would be extremely surprised if I could play at Wimbledon. My ambition is to see what I am capable of one last time, I would also like to say goodbye in my own way, on a tennis court,” added the Swiss.

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The tennis player was operated for the last time this year to solve the problems he suffers with the meniscus in his right knee and the doctors also took the opportunity to treat a cartilage, for that reason his recovery will be longer than initially expected. “I am giving my all in my rehabilitation, but let’s be clear, my life is not going to fall apart if I do not play a Grand Slam final again. To compete again would be my last dream and I still think I can do it, I believe in this kind of miracles, “remarked Federer, with a collection of eight trophies at Wimbledon, six in Australia, five at the US Open and one at Roland Garros.

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