Once out of Wimbledon, Roger Federer will now have to define what will be the next stop on his schedule. The 39-year-old Swiss tennis player and current world number eight, acknowledged after his defeat at the hands of Pole Hubert Hurkacz that he is not clear if he will end up signing up to play the Tokyo Olympics.
“As I explained before, I am going to take a couple of days to sit and think. Sorry if I'm repetitive. I said I would wait until Wimbledon is over and over. I haven't made a decision yet on where we go from here. I hope to make an announcement sooner rather than later, of course, also for me and everyone, my family and my team,” said the winner of 20 Grand Slams.
Federer explained that “his goal was always, this last year and before, to try to play another Wimbledon. I was able to do it this year, so I'm very happy. Like I said, we would sit down and talk about what will come next when the tournament is over for me.
I'm going to take a few days, although tonight we'll talk a little about that, depending on how I feel”. In the past, Federer has expressed his intention to return to an Olympic event, but he also knows that his physical condition at 39 is difficult.
After a year in which he barely played official matches, carrying his body could lead to another injury that could end his career. Do you think Roger Federer ends up playing the Tokyo Olympics? Given his age and his recent date with injuries, many wondered after his brutal defeat if they had seen the last of Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
"I don't know, I really don't know (if that was the last time he played at Wimbledon)," Federer said.
Gunthardt elaborated on Federer's quarterfinal defeat
In a recent interview with Simon Graf of Tagesanzeigher.ch, player-turned-coach Heinz Gunthardt weighed in on Roger Federer's run at Wimbledon this year.
"Given his preparation, the quarter-final is a good result," Gunthardt said. "But Wimbledon was not a step forward after Paris. He already had that level there. In Doha and Paris, he played with a completely different mindset, loosely.
He clearly said that this was (his) only preparation, that it would only really count in Wimbledon. And then Wimbledon started and he felt the pressure," he added. "Against Hurkacz, he obviously had the impression early on that he could not keep up in the longer rallies.
He wanted too much too soon, played all or nothing. To shoot Hurkacz off the court in these windy conditions, you need an excellent day," Gunthardt said. Gunthardt believes Federer needs wins against top players like Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev to gain confidence on the big stage once again.
"He lacks confidence and that affects his footwork. There is no way around big victories. He hasn't beaten anyone yet, which gave him the certainty: I can compete with the best again. He still lacks this confirmation. He needs wins against the likes of Medvedev and Zverev," he added.