Wimbledon at risk: One more reason for Roger Federer to play until 2022?


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Wimbledon at risk: One more reason for Roger Federer to play until 2022?

Covid-19 pandemic forced ATP and WTA Tour to suspend tournaments until at least 2020 June 7th, but obviously Wimbledon and Roger Federer's come back are also at risk. In fact, for now, the direct consequence of the Coronavirus was the cancellation or movement of the whole clay season, from the Monte-Calo Rolex Masters to the Barcelona Open, to the Mutua Madrid Open, Italian Open and, of course, Roland Garros, which will be played from 20 September to 4 October 2020.

But no one can know the actual duration of the pandemic, so Wimbledon could also be at risk. The board of the All England Club let it be known that without a crowd the tournament would not make sense. Why is all this related to Roger Federer's career? The Swiss Maestro said he is expected to play to up to the age of 40, that is until 2021.

Will the events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic confirm his decision or bring some surprises? Because, as we know, Wimbledon is always the main goal of Roger's season. If the tournament were to be canceled this year, Federer would have only one more chance to compete and try to win the title, in 2021.

This eventuality could lead him to reflect on his career and on his retirement. Considering everything, Federer could decide to extend his professional activity until 2022, perhaps choosing the edition of Wimbledon 2022 as the last tournament.

In that case, he would still be 40 years old (he would celebrate his 41st birthday, a few weeks after the Championships), keeping faith in his intention to quit at 40 years-old. These are only guesses, but I believe that they will not diverge too much from reality if the Covid-19 pandemic should force the organizers to cancel Wimbledon 2020.