Swiss tennis player Jil Teichmann, 24, has expressed her hope to see Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka play regularly on the ATP Tour again, as she believes having them both is good for the game. Federer, 40, underwent knee surgery last August and has not played since.
On the other hand, Wawrinka returned to action last March after being sidelined for 12 months due to a foot operation. "Federer and Wawrinka are from another generation, so I know they are not here to stay forever, but I hope they will both play in tournaments again, because they are very good for Swiss tennis and international tennis," said Teichmann, according to Sportskeeda.
In the third round of the French Open, Teichmann was down a set and a break, but recovered to beat former World No.1 Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5). "I knew I was going to fight," Teichmann said after the victory. "One of Vika's best qualities is that she is a fighter, just like me.
I have been doing great matches on clay, long matches. I knew I would have my chances, I will have to stay calm and do my part." The match lasted more than three hours and Teichmann thanked the Parisian crowd for making her feel at home.
"The atmosphere has been incredible today. I feel like I'm at home. The public was here, supporting me, cheering me on. They gave me energy. That was very important to keep me going throughout the match, which was long," added Teichmann.
King Roger is impatient
During the interview, Roger Federer also touched on how he plans to curate his tennis schedule once he is back in action. "[Whether my family will travel with me again for tennis tournaments] is a problem that I would really like to have.
Because that would mean that everything is going well with the knee and the comeback," Federer said. "The advantage is that I won't play 20 tournaments a year like I used to. My program will be manageable, and that's why I'll say: sometimes they'll be there, sometimes they won't."
This means he the Swiss is unsure whether he can have his family accompany him to all tournaments in his schedule. "For a week in Shanghai or Indian Wells the effort is certainly too great. But I also know that my children would be happy to see certain places again, because that's where we meet our friends every year," Federer said.