Former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic, who is now the coach of Roger Federer, says the Swiss superstar is recovering from his knee surgery and has not hinted about any plans of retirement to him just yet. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Croatian says, "Roger is recovering, he is doing rehabilitation after the surgery.
For us it doesn't change much, with everything the bad luck that we had with this situation, the program is the same even if there was no virus. We have not yet talked about 2021. Time certainly does not stop and he will be 40 next year, but he has not yet hinted to me about a possible retirement."
Federer had undergone knee surgery in late February and had planned to miss all the tournaments till the grass court season prior to the tennis tour shutting down. Ljubicic says that things will need to be seen when the tour resumes about how the players would return.
"The governments of the various countries will tell us when we will be able to travel around the world again. Probably those with more experience will be able to better manage the return to the field, but in reality we do not know what will happen.
The players like playing continuously and the results in Australia, often with many surprises after a month of stop, prove it every year " Speaking about the proposal of Federer on the merger of the ATP & WTA Tours, Ljubicic says, "I would like to see a single body that leads tennis.
A product put together can have a value that is more than double the current one. We also think of television networks which could buy the rights for all the men's and women's Slams and Masters. At that point it would be very interesting and also the value would be greater than in single tournaments.
The idea is certainly good, even if to achieve it there will still be a long way to go." Ljubicic has been working with Federer since the 2016 season.