Tennis 2021: Roger Federer out of Australian Open, “incredibly surprised”, Wimbledon

If you thought the bad news was that Roger Federer missed the Australian Open, it was just the tip of the iceberg.

Roger Federer has confirmed that he is officially out of the Australian Open, but unfortunately it looks like it is just the beginning for a 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that it was “highly unlikely” that a six-time Australian Open champion would get to play in Melbourne Park as the 40-year-old continues to recover from ongoing knee injuries.

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It may well mean that Australia can no longer see Federer playing on our shores.

But Australia may not be alone, as Federer himself revealed, he may also be left out not only at Wimbledon.

Speaking to journalist Mathieu Aeschmann and translated by Tagesanzeiger sports reporter Simon Graf on Twitter, Federer said he may not return to Wimbledon in time.

“I would be incredibly surprised if I played again already at Wimbledon (2022),” he said, “Australia is not an option at all. But that’s no surprise to me. Even before the operation, we knew that a break of many months would be needed after that.

“I wanted to wait for the first big inspection before making a public statement, and the inspection was very encouraging. I have embarked on a long process of rehabilitation in which I put my whole heart and soul into it. But the situation is not the same as in 2016. I have to be patient.

After the grass field season, Federer had damaged his right articular coil again.

Doctors also revealed that he will be able to jog lightly in January and return slowly to the field.

He could then return to practice tennis in March-April.

Federer also revealed the biggest motivation behind the surgery.

“I had this surgery so I could ski with my kids or play football or tennis in the future,” Federer said. “My primary motivation was to get back in shape for a normal life. However, I wanted to approach this rehabilitation with the top athlete’s mentality and body.”

However, Federer also said he expects to be able to return to the sport at the highest level, even though he has only played in two of the four grand slam tournaments this year and three of the seven since the beginning of 2020.

In fact, he has played only 19 games in the last two years, a record 14-5.

And his year ended in August when he revealed he needed a third round of knee surgery.

“As for my athletic goals: I want to see once again what I can achieve as a tennis professional,” Federer said. “I am fighting for it and I am very motivated. I feel the support of my team and my family. We all hope I can say goodbye on my own terms and in court.

“I have experienced similar challenges many times in my career. Sometimes without the public being aware of it. And even though I know the end is near, I want to try to play the big matches again. It’s not going to be easy, but I’ll try. ”

As for retirement: “I think every athlete should decide for themselves. There is no right time to retire. There is only a suitable time for each individual athlete. It is a very personal decision.

“I understand the feelings of the fans. It would be easy for me to say, ‘I’ve given a lot and got a lot. Let’s stop here.’

– My world will not collapse if I never play in the second Grand Slam final. But my ultimate dream is to come back one more time. And in fact, I still believe it. I believe in such miracles. I’ve already experienced them. “

It comes after Federer coach Ivan Ljubicic said earlier this week that the Swiss Maestro “is 40 and won’t recover as fast as before.”

Federer will be 41 years old when the 2023 Australian Open is held – five years after his most recent grand slam win at the 2018 Aussie Open.

It leaves Rafael Nadal as the only sure starter in the men’s tennis 2022 Open in Melbourne Park, while world number one Novak Djokovic continues to refuse to reveal his vaccination station.

The 2022 Australian Open will be held under the auspices of Victoria’s Essential Worker Health Care Mandate. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed last month that only fully vaccinated players and fans will be allowed to attend the event.

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