Roger Federer hasn't set foot on the pitch since last Wimbledon, in which he reached the quarter-finals before giving in clearly to Hubert Hurkacz. A relapse in the right knee forced the Basel phenomenon to undergo the third operation in the last year and a half.
Those hoping to see the former world number 1 back on the pitch in early 2022 have received bad news in the last few hours. "I will not play the Australian Open 2022, this is the only sure thing. I will be able to resume running normally in January and training by pushing and forcing completely around spring.
As of today, I anticipate my return to an official match in the summer of 2022. I would be very surprised if I managed to be present at Wimbledon. With my team and the doctors, we decided to suture the meniscus injury and also to intervene on the cartilage.
The combination of these two interventions requires caution and patience "- the Maestro confided in an interview with 'Lematin.ch' Meanwhile, Robert Federer - Roger's father - has revealed that his son is working hard to indulge in one last ride.
Federer couldn’t play much tennis in 2021
“Roger Federer feel[s] good, he enjoys time with the kids more, and family life," Robert Federer said. "It’s also a big advantage to do this in between.
He’s preparing himself, building up, and getting in good shape again. This is his aim. This is what he’s doing”. Robert Federer was then asked how he felt about being "the father of a God." Robert respectfully shot down that notion, pointing out how "Roggie" will always be a son to him regardless of his status in the tennis world.
“I don’t have a feeling in that respect," Robert Federer added. "Roger is for us, Roggie. Our son and that is what he will stay, and that is what he is”. Roger Federer couldn’t play much tennis in 2021 because of the recurring problems with his knee.
Unfortunately, the Swiss maestro announced that he would need to undergo a third surgery on his right knee after his Wimbledon quarterfinals loss. Since then, his return to the ATP Tour has been under dark clouds despite his passion for the sport.
Now, his coach Ivan Ljubicic has announced some heartbreaking news ahead of the Australian Open 2022. Primarily, the Croatian coach highlighted that Federer is now 40 years old and doesn’t recover quickly. Hence, he might miss the second consecutive Australian Open next year.
“Roger Federer is very unlikely to play the Australian Open. He is 40 and doesn’t recover as fast as before. But he wants to compete again and won’t retire all of a sudden,” Ljubicic said.