Roger Federer is recovering calmly from the knee surgery he underwent last February. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who should have returned to play for the start of the season on grass, has revealed that he has not yet returned to training.
It was Gustavo Kuerten who had requested Roger Federer to join the campaign and help nearly 33,000 Brazilian families struggling to deal with the pandemic. And the 20-time Grand Slam Champion did not hesitate for a second before responding to his friend and former World No.
1. Speaking in a video call with Brazilian legend Gustavo Kuerten, Federer admitted he was against playing tennis without fans. “In my view, I can’t see an empty stadium,” Federer explained. “I hope that doesn’t happen.
Maybe we wait for the appropriate time to return to normal mode again. [Or] at least a third of the stadium or half full. But for me, completely empty when playing in big tournaments is very difficult”. And British number one Dan Evans think holding the tournament without fans would be an 'amazing spectacle'
"Me, personally, I would love it to go ahead," Evans told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I think it would send out a real statement that we can get back going. It could be an amazing spectacle that tennis goes ahead with no-one in the stadium, and everybody watching on telly.
Arthur Ashe Stadium being empty, and Federer and Nadal or whoever playing the final would be so strange, but it would also be iconic. How good that would look in years to come."