The last two seasons have not been good for Roger Federer. The former world number 1 took to the track with a dropper, after having to deal with a serious injury to his right knee. Suffice it to say that the Swiss maestro only played 13 official matches in 2021, with nine wins and four losses.
A poor balance for a legend of his caliber, only partially mitigated by the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon. A few weeks after the championship, the Swiss announced that he had suffered a relapse in the knee and that he had to undergo surgery for the third time.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be back on tour in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup, which takes place at London's O2 Arena in late September. The 40-year-old from Basel was surpassed by Rafael Nadal in the ranking of all Grand Slams, while Novak Djokovic stole the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
After losing to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon, the Swiss was forced to stop again and decided to undergo another knee operation. The goal of the Swiss champion was to compete already in the first part of 2022, but things did not turn out that way.
The hope of all tennis fans is to see Federer back on court at Wimbledon 2022, but only time will give the answers. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is on a long road to rehabilitation and posted a very encouraging video on his Instagram account.
In fact, Federer has shared some splendid images; images that portray him on an indoor tennis court intent on hitting the ball with his right hand.
Federer will return to the Laver Cup
Roger Federer recently visited the East African nation of 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," 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.