Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer insists his love for tennis will never stop as he claims he will play the game even when he gets old. Federer, who is set to turn 39 years this coming August, is ranked at No.
4 in the world and he is still one of the top players on the Tour. Some believed Federer's career was over after he underwent a season-ending knee surgery in 2016 but the Swiss proved the doubters wrong as he has since won three Grand Slam titles and at some point return to world No.
1. In February, the 38-year-old underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery but his recovery didn't go as planned so he decided to undergo a second knee surgery this past June. "But, when I‘m old, I will definitely still play tennis," Federer told SRF Sport.
Federer's recovery from the second knee surgery is going well and the Swiss hopes to return to the practice courts in August and be ready to play the Australian Open in January.
Federer's enormous love for the game is a well-known thing
Recently, Federer's coach Severin Luthi said the record 20-time Grand Slam champion never wanted to take a break from the Tour and go home. "My feeling is absolutely that this won‘t be the case at all.
He still loves the life on the tour a lot. Nearly every player says at some point that he needs to go home as he would need a break. I haven‘t heard this once from him in all the years. He makes it pleasant for himself on the tour, he knows many people, has friends everywhere.
But of course you can‘t rule it out 100%," Luthi told Swiss tennis magazine Smash. During his interview with the Swiss tennis magazine Smash, Luthi also said he believes Federer can make another successful comeback.
Luthi also suggested that if Federer had to get injured, the injury came at the best possible time -- while the Tour is suspended. "I think so. If someone has an injury, 2020 was an ideal year in retrospect, especially considering the rankings.
"It doesn‘t have a big influence on him personally though. He isn‘t the person who is sitting at home, being frustrated and thinking: They are playing but I can‘t," Luthi said.