Tennis is expected to resume between late August and early September with Cincinnati and the US Open, and with players trying to see how they will make arrangements with the guidelines to follow. However, the season of Roger Federer is over: he again underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
So what US Open will we see without Roger Federer? Yet Cincinnati and the US Open, in addition to the various unknowns due to the resumption of tennis, had one concerning about Roger Federer. The Swiss Maestro is recovering after the surgery he underwent after the Match for Africa 6, in February 2020.
If at the beginning of the pandemic his physical condition seemed good, as seen in the videos that he shared via his Twitter account, today there is some more doubt. Doubts that were ventilated by Federer's coach Severin Luthi.
In a recent interview, Luthi said that Federer's recovery from surgery is proceeding slower than they expected: "Recovery is not going as we hoped, it is going a little slower." Words that frighten the Swiss' fans and tournament organizers.
As for example Edwin Weindorfer, organizer of the exhibition tournament to be held in Berlin in mid-July, who hoped for the participation of Federer, now more than in doubt. Then came the confirmation through a Twitter post: "Dear fans, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.
A few weeks ago, have experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee Now, much I like I did leading up to 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level.
I will be missing my fans and the Tour dearly but, I will look forward to seeing everyone back on the Tour at the start of 2021 season. Al the best, Roger. "
What will the US Open without Roger Federer?
Now the US Open 2020, which, without further problems related to the pandemic should be played, will miss the most-awaited and celebrated star.
In New York, tennis should start again with a great show and a great event, which however will not see one of its main protagonists on the court. It is clear that in Flushing Meadows everyone hoped for the presence of Federer, who surely would have dragged the spotlight even more on the first post-pandemic Slam.
Now this burden will go to all other men's singles stars such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Danil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem. If Andy Murray also plays and in good athletic condition, it will be good news for the Slam.
It will be important that young players like Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsistipas and Nick Kyrgios also show their progress and their maturity, because great tennis will start again from New York, and it will need all its stars because Roger Federer will not play until 2021.