It will not be easy for Roger Federer to return to the pitch this time too. The Swiss champion has announced that he will undergo his third right knee operation in just over a year, a tremendous blow for his career and for his fans.
The risk of not seeing him in action anymore is real, as he himself admitted in the video released on social media, but the King wants to keep a glimmer of hope of returning to the circuit in a decent form. The former world number 1 never expressed himself 100% of his chances in 2021, playing just 13 matches and never going beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
"I will have to be on crutches for many weeks and I will not be able to play for several months" - explained the 20-time Grand Slam champion. “At the same time, it's the right thing to do if I want to be healthy.
I do not give up the hopes of returning to the tour in a good physical condition. I'm a realist, don't get me wrong. I know how complicated it is at this age to have another surgery and try to come back ”- he added.
In a recent interview with Eurosport, Boris Becker expressed his opinion on the future of the 40-year-old from Basel.
Becker opens up on Roger Federer
“I wish Roger Federer above all that he gets well again. That is the most important thing.
The rest of his life is still ahead of him, and whether he plays tennis again or not is almost secondary," Boris Becker continued. "He has already won so much and doesn't have to prove anything to anyone”.
While making the announcement about his latest surgery, Federer himself spoke about how his long-term health was a priority for him. “I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and also out of the game for many months, so it’s going to be difficult of course in some ways, but at the same time I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form," Federer had said in his video statement.
"I am realistic, don’t get me wrong. I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it. But I want to be healthy, I will go through the rehab process I think also with a goal while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time”.