Roger Federer hasn't played much in the past two years, having had to contend with a serious right knee injury. After the semifinal reached at the Australian Open 2020, a real ordeal has begun for the champion of Basel on the sporting level.
The former world number 1 played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, without ever giving the feeling of being able to return to the highest levels. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.
A few weeks later, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate on his knee for the third time in 18 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to return in late summer or early autumn. For the moment, his presence at the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel has been confirmed.
Recently, the 40-year-old from Basel visited Malawi to personally check the progress of the 'School Readiness Initiative'
Federer visited Malawi
"It's amazing to see that in rural Malawi we have a digital device like the early-learning kiosk, making a difference for the children here," Roger Federer said in the video.
"The caregivers are doing an incredible job and I loved seeing that." The Swiss also expressed his desire to help underprivileged kids, who believes have great potential. "What I want to do is help. I want to give the people and the kids here a chance in Malawi, because I do believe that the potential is incredibly big.
This is why I'm here in the field to see it for myself, so I can also tell the story when I come back to Switzerland," he said. "I also had the chance to see the learning through the play situation with parents and their children," he remarked.
"It was lovely to see because I think it is so crucial for children to also be learning at home and not just in school, and I think that combination is going to be wonderful. I really loved playing with all the children at the playground and learning through play.
I've been doing it with my children for years now, so I'm a little bit of an expert. We had a great and a lovely time." The 40-year-old termed his visit a "magical" one. He explained that the interaction between the caregivers and the children was what stood out for him.
"Our trip to Malawi was magical on many levels. Seeing the caregivers was, I think, the highlight and the thing I enjoyed the most. Seeing them interacting with the children in the classroom was fantastic."