Roger Federer: My journey as elite athlete isn't over yet

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Roger Federer: My journey as elite athlete isn't over yet

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer reflected on the 2021 season and revealed the progress he is making every day in his recovery gives him the belief that he will be able to return to the Tour this year. Federer, 40, underwent two major knee surgeries in 2020 but returned to the Tour in 2021 March.

Federer played just five tournament before undergoing a third knee surgery in August. Federer hasn't played since but he is making a good progress in his recovery and he is hoping to make a comeback at some point during the 2022 season.

"After many month of battling injury, my return to the tour in March, after my first operation, highlighted and energized me to continue my tennis career. I'm grateful for every minute I was able to spend with my fans and tennis family on court.

My experience in Doha illustrated to me that my journey as an elite athlete isn't over yet. The progress I make every day strengthens my belief that I will be healthy and strong enough to return to the tennis court at the highest level," Federer wrote in his annual report.

Federer provided a timetable on his return

Federer won't be making his return in the first part of the season, that's for sure.

It's also unlikely that Federer will play during the grass season but there is a chance the Swiss will return during the North American summer hard court swing. "I still have to wait a little bit with running. I hope I can increase that more and more over the next few months and hopefully make a comeback in the middle or end of 2022," Federer told SRF.

"The surgery was the right thing. The knee was no longer good after Wimbledon. It couldn't go on like this. I'm fine. I walked on crutches for 2 months and had to start all over again."