Wimbledon will not play for the first time since World War II, while the US Open and Roland Garros remain in doubt because of the pandemic that is gripping the globe. Roger Federer has already promised to be present in 2021, when he will be close to blowing out 40 candles.
Last year, the Swiss champion was very close to becoming Wimbledon champion for the ninth time, from winning the 21st Slam, from making the biggest feat of his immense career to almost 38 years: beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same Major for the first time.
In a recent interview, former Wimbledon champion Todd Woodbridge believes the cancellation of the 2020 championships and ongoing suspension of the ATP Tour will change the course of tennis history. “The question that Roger will have to ask himself is how motivated is he to come back for another year?,” Woodbridge told AAP.
“Or has this actually helped him? But the less match play that you get in this period at that age, it’s so much harder to come back and recover once you start again. So I really think that post-2020 will be a new era of people trying to create records because it’ll have really have broken up a great period in tennis.
It has stopped the potential, I think, of Federer winning one or two more. It becomes very highly unlikely for him. Because of the uncertainty, it makes it hard to see how the three can dominate when they come back because of the age of Roger and Rafa.
It also puts more pressure on Rafa and it changes all of those storylines that were on the table for 2020. For Novak, it may come at a good time in his career to actually rejuvenate him again, give him another big burst. So if anything, this period helps him the most”.