The world of tennis is trying to start again, not without fatigue, in view of the season on American hard court (which will culminate with the double New York event of Cincinnati and US Open), and therefore of Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and everyone else are wondering if and how it will be possible to return to the court with all the uncertainties of the global health emergency. Who does not have these problems and is already looking forward to 2021 is Roger Federer.
The Swiss champion, back from a double knee operation, has been in the pits for several months and, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, he was ready to skip the whole year to return to 100% from a physical point of view. Unbeknownst to him, therefore, the winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments has chosen the right time to stop.
When the whole circus is broken down for coronavirus, Roger Federer is proceeding in his everyday life at his home in Switzerland, with the sights already on 2021. In a recent interview with Eurosport, former snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan believes there are several parallels between him and Roger Federer.
O'Sullivan on Roger Federer
“If I was to compare where I am in my career at the moment it’s little a bit like Roger Federer in many ways," Ronnie O'Sullivan said. "Kind of like you’ve got nothing to prove, probably not the best player in the world.
But they bring a certain energy to a tournament”. Ronnie O’Sullivan alluded to this ‘magic’ aspect and drew further parallels between himself and the legendary Swiss: “So I kind of get my buzz knowing that, you know, there are only certain people that can create magical moments.
There is very select people that can do that. I just know that it might be a 147, it might be that I win the World Championship”. Federer is currently working his way back from double knee surgery and has ruled out playing again this year.
However, his team have now revealed his planned return date, although they admit it is still very much subject to change, not least due to the current coronavirus crisis. “We are sticking to what was decided. He’ll come back for the Australian Open 2021 if it takes place,” Luthi said. “However, we are considering whether to play a tournament just before Melbourne”.