World no. 3 Roger Federer hurt his hand during a practice at the beginning of the grass season and it affected his forehand for around three months, per Rene Stauffer.
Federer, 37, won the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart in the opening week of the grass season.
@rogerfederer told me he hurt his right hand in the beginning of the grass-court-season in practice, „it affected my forehand around three months“.
The Swiss came close to opening his grass-court season with back-to-back titles but fell just short as he suffered a surprise loss to Borna Coric in the Halle final. Federer, a record eight-time Wimbledon champion, then suffered yet another surprise loss as he blew a two-sets-to-love lead against South-African Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarter-final.
Federer then opted not to play much during the summer hard-court season. The Swiss, who was clearly far away from his best form, managed to reach the Cincinnati Masters final in his first summer hard-court event -- but lost to Serb Novak Djokovic in the final.
The record 20-time Grand Slam champion concluded his summer hard-court campaign with a shock US Open round-of-16 exit suffered at the hands of Australian John Millman. A-now-healthy Federer is hoping for a strong end to the season as he is set to play in his hometown Basel.
Record eight-time Basel champion Federer has been drawn to meet Serb Filip Krajinovic in the first round. Federer kicked off his indoors campaign with a semi-final showing at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Also read: Dan Evans wants to be remembered for his tennis, not for drugs ban