Roger Federer has played very little in the past two seasons due to a serious right knee injury. The former world number 1 played only one tournament in 2020, the Australian Open, where he surrendered to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
He hasn't fared much better this year, having racked up just 13 official matches from March to Wimbledon. The Swiss phenomenon has never found an acceptable condition, a feeling that has become more and more evident with the passing of the months.
After the quarterfinals reached at Wimbledon, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has announced that he will have to undergo his third knee operation. The 40-year-old from Basel will start running again at the beginning of the new year, while to play tennis he will have to wait until spring at least.
The King has confided that he wants to return to the tour in the summer. This means that his presence at Wimbledon 2022 is highly questionable. As if that weren't enough, Federer had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017.
During the inauguration of his new academy, six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker he also talked about Roger's future.
Becker talks about Roger Federer
"It goes without saying that I would like Roger Federer to play tennis again.
He is an absolute legend of sport and tennis. I would also like to see him win but the reality is that the more you are absent, the more difficult it is to come back," Becker was quoted as saying. Just a week ago, the Swiss maestro met South African rugby player, Siya Kolisi on the streets of Zurich.
Much to the delight of tennis and rugby fans alike, Federer posted plenty of photos. In his tweet, Federer exclaims how he ‘found a Springbok’. The Springboks are what the national South African rugby team are called.
Moreover, Kolisi even met Roger Federer’s parents, as depicted in the photographs. Federer’s excitement at meeting Kolisi is not just superficial- he has been an ardent Springbok supporter. This is because Federer’s mother Lynette is from Gauteng, South Africa.
Consequently, Roger Federer too, has ties and roots in Africa. More importantly, Kolisi and Federer have been friends for a long time. This was not the first time that Roger Federer met the 30-year-old Springbok, either. They had previously met in February 2020 in Cape Town, where Roger played an exhibition against fellow 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal.