Record eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer suggests he doesn't want to bother himself about not being able to play at The All England Club this year as he wants to stay positive and focus on 2021. For the first time since 1945, Wimbledon won't take place in a calendar year but Federer wouldn't have played anyway since he is recovering from a season-ending knee surgery.
"Yes and not. It is like it is and you accept it. I couldn‘t play anyway because of my knee and I don‘t see the point, just as with the Olympics. This is the new situation. We would all like to be in Wimbledon and play but they cancelled early so that you knew what would come.
I don‘t look at Wimbledon because it is the time for it now and don‘t watch all highlights and think: „Oh, it‘s a pity.“ I take it as it is. Next year is a new chance," Federer said in Sportpanorama on SRF Sport.
Federer says he is doing well
"Good. Well, good is different but it‘s as good as it can be now after the second surgery this year.
Of course I was disappointed and sad that I had to undergo surgery the first time. It was my choice after the Match in Africa. I was unhappy with the knee for a long time and had to do something. The second time was unfortunately necessary.
Now 2 months have passed and I‘m slowly back to practice. The goal is to be topfit on January, 1st. There will be a 20 weeks block of fitness training and also tennis and everything. It will be a long way but I‘m ready and honestly said I‘m also looking forward to be hopefully at 100% again," Federer said.
Federer says these are uncertain and challenges times as he excited about the French Open wanting to have a crowd at this year's event. "For me not. If tennis is going to happen, that‘s what they try with the US Open.
They are the next ones who have to say what will be. I just talked with them yesterday and they said they will decide between 15th and end of the month. It will be interesting. French Open said a few days ago they will allow half of a crowd which is unbelievable and also exciting.
I think we are still in uncertain weeks and months for tennis but I hope it will come back at one point. Travelling and quarantine are the big problems for us," Federer said.