Roger Federer hasn't set foot on the court 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 champion to undergo the third operation in the last year and a half.
Those hoping to see the former world number 1 back on the court 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," Roger 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 will not play the Australian Open
"Roger Federer feels good, he is enjoying time with the children and with his family," said Robert to Sky Italia. "He is doing everything he can to get back in good shape. His goal is to get back on the pitch, I can guarantee it," he continued.
Robert retraced the various stages of his son's career: "There are really a lot of salient moments in Roger's career. One of my favorites is undoubtedly the first Wimbledon triumph, but also the subsequent wins against Andy Roddick.
I will never forget the success at the Australian Open 2017 and the seal at Roland Garros, or the Davis Cup won with Switzerland. Beyond the successes, I am reminded of the atmosphere that was there during Roger's tour of South America.
My favorite tournament? Federer has always loved grass, so Wimbledon has become a fixture for our whole family."