Roger Federer pretty much rules out his departure from Wimbledon next year after three knee surgeries in 18 months, but the 40-year-old describes his ‘latest dream’ of ‘saying goodbye my way on a tennis court’
- Roger Federer underwent surgery for knee problems three times in 18 months
- He is slowly recovering and does not expect to be able to play at Wimbledon
- But the 40-year-old reaffirmed his commitment to achieving a competitive return.
Roger Federer “would be extremely surprised” if he recovered from knee surgery in time to play at Wimbledon next summer, the 20-time Grand Slam winner admitted.
But Federer, 40, underscored his determination to return to the court for the last time and leave tennis on his own terms, something he described as “the ultimate dream.”
Federer had already been under the knife for two knee surgeries in 2020, procedures that put him out of action for more than a year. Then in September, he had a third procedure in 18 months.
Roger Federer has almost ruled out playing at Wimbledon next summer after acute surgery
Federer underwent three knee operations in 18 months and now hopes to postpone his retirement
According to Le MatinFederer explained: ‘I will be able to quietly resume the race in January and resume on-court sessions with complex support in March or April.
“Today, therefore, I estimate my return to competition in the summer of 2022. I would be very surprised if I could play at Wimbledon.”
Wimbledon begins on Monday, June 27 next year, which means that the millions of fans of the eight-time SW19 champion Federer around the world face a long wait to see him back on the court.
But, Federer insists, if all goes well, he will finally be seen playing competitive tennis in his 40s.
“My ambition is to see what I am capable of one last time. I would also like to be able to say goodbye in my own way and on a tennis court, ‘he said. ‘That’s why I give it my all in my rehab.
So let’s be clear, my life is not going to fall apart if I don’t play a Grand Slam final again. But going back would be the last dream. And in fact, I still believe it. I believe in these kinds of miracles. ‘
Federer has won 20 Grand Slam and has been a Wimbledon champion eight times.
Ivan Ljubicic (right) insists that 40-year-old tennis great Federer is determined to return
Federer’s coach Ivan Lubijcic confirmed earlier this week that the Swiss is out of the January Australian Open.
“He is still on the mend and wants to be sure that he can play to win the tournament and be 100 percent,” he said. ‘So I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility at the moment.
‘He will go step by step because he is 40 years old and he needs to be patient. We have spoken and I can guarantee that he wants to play tennis again. ‘