Roger Federer: Felt strange not to compete at Wimbledon and to watch it on TV instead

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Roger Federer: Felt strange not to compete at Wimbledon and to watch it on TV instead

Roger Federer admitted it felt strange to watch Wimbledon on TV instead of competing at The All England Club. In 1998, Federer won the boys' singles title at Wimbledon. The following year, Federer made his Wimbledon pro debut in 1999 and he was a regular at The Championships for over two decades.

Last August, Federer underwent a knee surgery and he didn't recover in time for this year's Wimbledon. “It feels very strange to me not to play Wimbledon this year and to watch it on TV,” Federer said, per TennisBuzz.

“I’ve been there every time since 1998”.

Federer using well his time off

While sidelined, Federer is using his time to spend more time with his family and friends. “It is a time of more rest,” he said.

“I’ve been on the road for so long that it was also nice to experience a little more calm and to be in one place more often, which already happened due to the coronavirus. It gave me the opportunity to be selective in figuring out my travels, to give something back.

Many friends always came to see me now”. Federer, who is set to turn 41 next month, is expected to return to action in September at the Laver Cup. Federer hasn't played since 2021 Wimbledon, where he reached the quarterfinal before losing to Hubert Hurkacz.

“Time will tell how I want to deal with this, how often I keep looking for interest,” Federer said. “I think about that now sometimes, but not often. My main focus is on how to make my comeback in tennis. I work hard on that and I think about it every day."

So far, Federer has been confirmed for one ATP event - Basel, which takes place in October. The hope is that Federer will be able to make his comeback in September and that he can play at least one more full season before he retires.