The world of tennis as well as the world of sport and everything that has characterized in the last two years has been conditioned by the terrible pandemic linked to the Covid-19 virus that has hit the whole planet. Millions of deaths have forced governments around the world to carry out severe restrictions and even today, despite the situation with the vaccine appears to have improved, it is not fully defined.
The tennis world has been very affected by this virus, last year several tournaments including the historic Wimbledon was canceled and most of the tournaments, some even this year were played behind closed doors. From today, the Wimbledon tournament will be played with 100% of the public in the stadiums, a choice criticized given the Delta variant that is depopulating overseas but at the same time showing how you want to go forward to 'continue to live' The last two years of the expert tennis player Roger Federer have been conditioned by a double knee surgery that has curbed all expectations of play for the Swiss champion who has however delayed his return to the field due to the pandemic that has hit us all.
The Roger Federer tournament at Wimbledon is proceeding better than all expectations and the tennis player has reached the quarter-finals by beating the blue Lorenzo Sonego in the round of 16. At the press conference, Federer also spoke of the problem linked to Covid with a vision that is anything but optimistic: "I am not convinced that the problem of the pandemic linked to Covid is still solved and I think there is more to come.
Last summer we felt the same, everything looked promising and then we had a setback. We will now see with the stadiums full and how the situation will be perceived with the public and normality."
Tim Henman reflects on Roger Federer
Tim Henman believes that while Roger Federer's performances have improved since his first-round win over Adrian Mannarino, the Swiss still remains a shadow of his former all-conquering self.
"Federer has moved in the right direction but I still think there needs to be a lot of improvement in his game if he's going to progress," Henman said on BBC. "Against Mannarino and Norrie, they were two lefties and they were awkward.
I thought his level of play was pretty average from what we've come to expect. But in the context of the last 18 months where he's played so little tennis and then against Gasquet in the middle, that's when he looked a lot more comfortable," Henman added.
"But there's no doubt that he's got to keep improving his form. He's given himself that chance (with each win)," Henman said. Anything is possible. When you're talking about Federer on a grass court, he's still in with a chance."