Roger Federer’s 2016 Season Is Over, His Knee Still Needs More Rehab
by Staff | July 26th, 2016, 1:47 pm
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Roger Federer’s surgically repaired left knee still isn’t right and because of it he has withdrawn from the rest of 2016, the Swiss announced moments ago on Facebook.

Dear Fans,
I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season. Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year. The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover.

It is tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact.

I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.
Thanks for your continued support.
Roger

Federer underwent surgery on the knee in February after a freak incident with his kids.

Federer was expected in Rio next month. He will turn 35 in a few weeks.

Federer ends his 2016 season with a 21-7 record in six tournaments. He reached one final in Brisbane and didn’t win a title.

He will also miss the US Open and the ATP Finals and will not finish in the Top 10.


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156 Comments for Roger Federer’s 2016 Season Is Over, His Knee Still Needs More Rehab

RZ Says:

That fall in the Wimbledon semis did look really bad. I’m glad he’s thinking long term.


J-Kath Says:

Gosh, it is for real. Not the right way for Fed. to go. At least he has a large and interesting family and loads of options.
Expect this thread to fill up. Meanwhile PJ understand what you meant.


RZ Says:

This is a (small) blow to Switzerland’s medal counts hopes. They were probably counting on Fed for a medal in at least one of the tennis areas – mixed or men’s doubles.


Dennis Says:

This really sucks! If he’s still in need of so much rehab on the knee, it’s amazing he was able to make the Wimbledon semis.

He’s dropping a lot of points between now and the end of the year too, so his ranking will sink to probably the lowest since he first turned pro. (Hope he plays Oz in January. If he plays Oz, can he still be seeded under a protected ranking? Can protected rankings be used for seeding, or just for entry?)


J-Kath Says:

RZ: It also explains why Stan was hesitant about stating if he would be playing men’s doubles with him at Rio. Doubt Fed. will be appearing in Olympic Singles in 4 years time, but still might make it in doubles.


FedExpress Says:

this year sucked from start to uptill now.


J-Kath Says:

Dennis: Can’t be used for ranking. Would be unfair to other players. But can be used for entry like Del Potro.


Daniel Says:

Wow, this year is a topsy turvy one, kind of afraif for the remaining top players. Sharapova, Than Nadal in RG and Now this, several shocks.

Now only thing left is wait for him to come back next year, which mat be a fareweel tour at 35/36.

This opens a spot for London and shifts seedings for next inportant tournament and could be a break for Raonic, Thiem and co. With Nadal still lingering it may have 2 open spots at the top. Fed will probably drop out of top 10 after Basek when his 10000 Cincy plus 1200 USO runner up and 500 Basel will drop.


MADMAX Says:

Well, I saw breaking news on the internet and then read it. Firstly thought it was some kind of nasty joke by Chris Chase.

I really wish Federer the best of rest. More than that I think is optimistic right now. Remember though Fed Express, his incredible accomplishments, please, at Wimbledon this year, despite your gloomy disposition. He has done incredibly well.

I love his resilience and his commitment to his sport and am also glad that Agassi has come out quickly to say the following, http://en.yibada.com/articles/145346/20160726/roger-federer-decide-retirement-without-pressure-andre-agassi.htm

but I don’t believe it will be a retirement. I just know there will be talk over and over about this and I wait, along with the other Federer fans for the disgusting and disrespectful comments to flood this site from Wogboy, CF1, Travis Bickle Giles and whoever else just loves it when anything like this happens to Federer.

We can count them at the end of this thread. It will soon fill up and then overflow with empty platitudes as well from the middle grounders who wish him a speedy recovery.

Yeah. Sure.

So sorry to hear this news. I really am. But, we have to remember what a glorious, glorious career he has said so far, injury free, up to the beginning of this year.

I had 02 tickets for November. I will give them to a friend now.

I am absolutely gutted. Willow and Oki, I now fully understand how you have both felt about Rafa’s extended time off with injury. I didn’t really get it until now. Horrible.


Dennis Says:

Actually, I just checked the points and he won’t drop as much as I expected he would. He has 5945 points now, and is dropping 3815 the rest of the year, which will leave him with 2130 at the start of 2017. That would be good enough for #16 world ranking right now. He’ll still be seeded, but could make for some interesting potential R32 and R16 matchups in Oz!


J-Kath Says:

Dennis

You can’t assume his points will not be over-taken by other players. If he comes back “hot” but if not….. You need to give him mid-year 2017 at least.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Dennis, made the same math, speciallythay everybody is bombing and inconsistent this season apart from Djoko and Murray. All the other “names” can lose first round any tourney: Wawa, Berdych, Tosnga, Ferrer, Kei, Thiem, Grigor, Monfils, even Raonic. No body is playing great week in week out so expect the rest of the season to go the same way.

But now seems Raonic and Thiem will sure make the cut for London together with Djoko, Murray, Nadal, Wawa and Kei. Only one spot left really


Emily Says:

Now who is Hingis going to play w/ in the mixed doubles in Rio? Can she partner up w/ Stan since he had only committed to doubles w/ Federer? They would definately have a chance at a medal.

@MADMAX, you said there will be a lot of empty platitudes. This is not empty when I say that we all know how it feels to have your fave get injured. This is obviously at a different level b/c this has never happened to Roger, but I am sorry for all of the Fed fans.


Daniel Says:

Also this will affect London, Murray is sure to be#2, he could have an easy group and make semis first avoiding Djoko and he may finally reach his first final in WTF.


PJ Says:

Emily, I’d imagine Stan may play with Martina since Belinda is also up in the air in terms of her health.


jane Says:

with fed outside the top 10 when he returns, he could face tougher matches from the get-go at tournaments; that could make his comeback more difficult, depending on how the rehab goes. but i am sure he’ll bounce back into the top 10.

i also read that rafa’s wrist isn’t healing as quickly as he thought so he might only play doubles and not singles at rio. not sure how reliable that info is though because it was on twitter.


Dennis Says:

J-Kath – I was referring to where he will stand points-wise at the end of 2016/start of 2017 (and of course #16 is approximate, based on where that would put him now, but it will probably be within a spot or two of #16 to start 2017). Obviously depending on his form in 2017 (if he does come back at Oz) he may drop even further once Oz points come off. Duh.


J-Kath Says:

Daniel:

Did Andy’s no. 2 position at O2 depend on Fed. this year? Thought Andy was quite a chunk of points ahead….2nd to Nole.


J-Kath Says:

Dennis:

You’ll be happy when Fed. returns. Best just to see how he is in early tournaments. In any event, you’ll enjoy seeing him play.


Dennis Says:

Yes, Murray pretty much has No. 2 locked-up (could be #1 if Nole falters big time in the fall). Though Fed was world #3, he was actually only #10 in the race to London, so he was in danger of missing the tour finals without a strong fall season even if he hadn’t decided not to play the rest of the year.


J-Kath Says:

Emily

Stan had held off confirming his doubles match with Roger – possibly because he knew more than most about Fed’s doubts about playing??? Not sure if this is true but there are a couple of threads that indicate the uncertainty…if you want?
However, water under the bridge now….


Josh Says:

Federer hasn’t looked right all year. He rushed back too soon after surgery and thought that he could try and get one more grand slam. It seems the end is near. It’s too bad that he will go out like this, his body was bound to start breaking down sooner or later.


Emily Says:

@J-Kath, I saw that Stan did say he wasn’t sure about the doubles at a Toronto press conference before Fed’s announcement. Maybe he knew this was a possibility. Curious whether he will play w/ Hingis, but it didn’t sound like the Olympics were a priority for him


J-Kath Says:

Emily

Yes, Stan not reported as being as keen as mustard, so to speak. But maybe he would do a mixed doubles with Hingis (originally set to go with Fed.). A couple of days will inform.


Humble Rafa Says:

Honestly, with everything he has achieved, he should just pack up and go. Sad to see him go through this. Old age is meant for other things.


Daniel Says:

J-Kath,

More like O2 will be somewhat depleted. Federer made several finals last few year and with him out of the picture and Nadal not sure as well more will be huge favorite regardless of his group in London, same for Djoko. Nobody is consistent enouth and we may have 2 first timers there. So that will present a great oportunity for Murray to go deep.


BBB Says:

My condolences to the Fed fans.


James Says:

The old man retires. I was hoping it wouldn’t be this way, but it is what it is. Still GOAT. I don’t think he will play on the main tour now.


MADMAX Says:

Emily, thanks. I don’t know who you are though, someone fairly new to the site? But if you have been here for a number of years, then you would understand. This used to be a great site with fantastic banter, until the fed haters arrived.

Fed Ex, some positives for you. This is awful news. Don’t dwell on it. We know that, but take some of the golden moments here.

The five-time US Open champion will not appear in the final Grand Slam of the year for the FIRST time in his professional career. Incredible.

Federer was also forced to sit out Roland Garros this year due to ongoing rehab following the knee surgery, breaking a record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances dating back to the 2000 Australian Open.

The Swiss star finishes 2016 with a 21-7 record, which includes finishing as runner-up in Brisbane and posting semi-final showings at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

This marks the FIRST year since 2001 that Federer has NOT won an ATP World Tour title.

That is another amazing piece of history. Never to be repeated.

Well, let’s see what happens now for the beginning of 2017. I think he will still be top 20. I don’t know whether he will be able to get some protected points due to injury for the up and coming tournaments and because of his previous successes Fed Ex, but no doubt the reliable posters here will work it out.

But come on. An incredible success story. First time in the whole of his career that this has happened. He cannot live forever, much as we would like.

Gives the new guys a chance to come through and further flourish – and wow, what an image that is going to be, going into 2017.

It could get even more exciting!

We have been so fortunate to have an injury free Fed, now, we must all take the hit. It doesn’t feel so good, but I truly, for the first time, understand how both Hippy Chick and Oki feel, or felt. Their man is on his way back.


Dennis Says:

James, I think you need to read his statement, Not only did he not retire, he said he plans to play a few more years. Perhaps he will decide to retire if he comes back next January and the level of his game has dropped too much to complete, but we’re talking about a guy who made two slam semis this year (one on an apparently still bum knee) and is still #3 in the world at age 35.

If he still enjoys playing (and God knows his fans still enjoy watching him), then why should he retire? I wish people would stop trying to push the sport’s greatest champion and greatest ambassador out the door as if he’s an unwelcome guest.


chrisford1 Says:

Tough situation. Lost for the rest of the season with no titles and only one final (Brisbane) the 1st 7 months. Knee problems, back problems. He is still paid massive money to hang around the game, there is that..but besides Djokovic and Nadal I believe Andy is also a better player than he is these days. And any big title will mean he has to face at least 2 of those guys, maybe all 3. Plus, younger players like Thiem and Raonic are starting to give him trouble.
It’s going to be a long off-season for Federer and his fans. Hang around for his spectacular product endorsement acounts, say enough is enough, or rehab hard believing he still can get a “Big One”. What choice will he make??


chrisford1 Says:

MADMAX – “This marks the FIRST year since 2001 that Federer has NOT won an ATP World Tour title.

That is another amazing piece of history. Never to be repeated.”

Dunno about that. The other Big 4 have long streaks of winning titles each year as well.


Willow Says:

WOW Madmax indeed i did not see this one coming, and sad to see, and believe me us Rafa fans know exactly how it feels having your favorite missing from the tour, no Fedal at RG, i dont think i could get my head around both been missing for the USO too UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE, so i certainly hope Rafa plays the USO ….


J-Kath Says:

Madmax

Yes, I very much appreciate how sad you feel but as Dennis says, Roger plans to come back and surely will do so if his knee injury improves – and as he said he is planning for 2017.

PS: Emily has been here a while…but doesn’t always post. I have understood that Stan is a favourite with Emily..
.anything else I’m sure she’ll respond herself.

Keep the faith, Madmax.
K


Wog Boy Says:

Now, if we are allowed to use same criteria as we did for Rafa in 2012 on this very forum, just to be fair, it could be silent ban (coincidentally he is taking six months off), or maybe because testing at Olympics is much more thorough than in tennis..


Okiegal Says:

@MADMAX……Sorry for Roger’s exit the rest of the year. I am not surprised, really. Surgery is not easy to bounce back from. The knees take a pounding! I am worried about Rafa’s return too…..not comfortable at all about it. I appreciate your sympathies given to me and I know Willow does too. It has been amazing how Roger has been injury free for the biggest part of his career. I think he is doing the right thing and I would like to see Rafa bow out of Rio too……but the doctors should know what is best for his career long term. Roger touched on that same point, stating he still plans on playing for awhile longer…..and that’s good news for his fans and the tennis world in general. I wish the best for him and Rafa.


AndyMira Says:

Good luck with the recovery Rog..hope you’re healing well and fast!Going to miss you for the rest of the season..To ALL fedfans..he’ll come back with another bang..Once a great player,always will be a great player..Vamos Rog!!


Humble Rafa Says:

It is also unfair to all those who have nothing but cats and spend all year reading and promoting his agenda. May be, he should post a picture of Lenny and Leo playing tennis, so this forum can decide which one of those little monsters will rule the world in 2035.


brando Says:

i rather play with injured knee and loose in first or second round….than stay in house with that ugly mongoloid wife mirka….i would touch that with someone with pimpek


brando Says:

would not….jebem ti spelling


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BBB Says:

brando, what’s with the racial slur?

tennis-x, how is such a remark posted?


J-Kath Says:

Brando: It’s not necessary to envy the guy his wife, you can envy his talent – his house and its contents instead, most of which I’d rather like myself.


Wog Boy Says:

That is really uncalled for, moderators, wake up and delete it, please!!


J-Kath Says:

Ah ha – there’s BBB

Racial and sexual abuse, I think?


Dennis Says:

If you must use racial slurs Brando, at least use one that fits the actual race/ethnicity of the sluree. Otherwise you just show more of your ignorance.


Dennis Says:

If I’m this sad over today’s news, I can only imagine what it’ll be like when the GOAT actually decides to put himself out to pasture :(


Okiegal Says:

@Dennis ^^^^ I have uttered those same exact words regarding the Spanish 🐂🐂 I would miss them both so much!


Dennis Says:

Okiegal: All of tennis is better for having had both Fed and Rafa carrying the torch for the game over the last 12 years (though I do wish Fed had won a few more of those head to heads!). Tennis will feel empty when they are both gone from the game. I admire Nole, but I just can’t work up the same passion for Nole-Andy as the standard bearers for tennis.

I”m sure people felt the same toward the end of the Sampra-Agassi era (I had kind of gone off tennis from the late 90s to early 2000s, and never really cared for either of them), and then along came Fed and Rafa, so who knows, maybe someone will come along that I can care about again. In the meantime, I hope we’ll see both Roger and Rafa back in action as soon as they can be, and playing well for a few more years yet.


AndyMira Says:

Guys..don’t feel so gloom..both of them still on tour..they’re not going to retire yet..we worry about that when the time come okay?and we knew things like this were bound to happened..and Rog will come back Dennis and so is Rafa okie..be patience guys..


Dennis Says:

I hope so Andy. The pessimistic side of me, however, fears that when he does come back in 2017, rather than a rousing return to form, the season will turn out to be a long farewell tour. :(


AndyMira Says:

He will Dennis..and honestly..i don’t think Rog will retire next year..he loves tennis soooo much and he will hang around for a while..and after a long rehabilitation,his body also will heal nicely right?And if his body healthy again and no constant problem..and also his style of play is so friendly to his body and would not put to much pressure to his body so there is no need to retire is there?


Daniel Says:

They are still Big 4 in rankings, but I am afraid the next few weeks is the last time the Big 4 will be occupying the top of the rankings together. Federer sure to drop out of it and god knows when he will be back. Hopefully next year. Still think he has some great matches in him. He almost made another Wimby final a few weeks ago.


Ronn Says:

This will leave Roger with roughly 2,130 ranking points by year’s end meaning that his ranking will drop to around 16th or so. And then he has to at least make the semis at the Australian Open which is unlikely so he’ll loss another 300 or so points- leaving him with 1,800 ranking points and putting him around #20. He really should retire…


Margot Says:

If Fed wants to go on playing “for years” surely the way forward is doubles?
Isn’t Nestor over 40?


Van Persie Says:

” This used to be a great site with fantastic banter, until the fed haters arrived”

I could not help myself not to comment on this one. A really pathetic comment….I have to assume, that this site was created only for “fed lovers”? No remark from this “tennis genuine fan ” about the Rafa’s or Nole’s haters on this site…
I can only understand, that some Roger fans are nostalgic after the years, where Rafa and Novak were not still a challenge for Fed. Just pathetic…


Van Persie Says:

No platitude from a “fed hater” like me. Am not glad that Fed is injured, I just do not give a damn…


AndyMira Says:

You gotta be kidding me JK!No!no!no!no!


J-Kath Says:

Sorri – AM. Also just read that Rafa did not practise with Andy as was planned.


AndyMira Says:

That’s alright JK..it’s just so shocking when first read your link..i don’t mind if he pulled out from Rio in the beginning..but to pulled out at this stage even in singles event..and to cancel practise with Andy..it sent an alarming message JK..that’s what scares me..


Willow Says:

Honestly i wouldnt be at all surprised, i take heart from him playing doubles, and mixed doubles though ….


Willow Says:

Wogboy @5.57pm July 26th, very much agree with that post, the double standards that go on here are beyond irritating, Rafa pulled out and it was all questionable, lying about his injuries, or serving a silent ban etc, Roger pulls out different thing altogether ….


Willow Says:

Van Persie @ 1.55am no harm or foul or anything,but just curious but where did that come from, who actually said that ? ….


Lodhi Says:

:( Does this mean we won’t see skeezer for the next 6 months ? I already miss him.


Van Persie Says:

^^ MADMAX at 4:59 pm, July 26th….first paragraph


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/federer_swiss/status/753705254181625856
Madmax. For you.
Sad day indeed. Here’s hoping for a better 2017 for your man.


Margot Says:

EEEEEEKKKK! Van Persie, honey, get down behind that parapet now!
If it ever was a rose garden on here, if……there were also plenty of thorns/greenfly and wasps!
Ah, just reminded me of a lovely guy on here called “i am it” who used to chat to me about my “yard.” God speed, I am it, wherever you are. x


Willow Says:

Van Persie theres haters from all fan groups, there are no saints here, never was never will be ….


Van Persie Says:

hehe Martgot ;)

Actually I would prefer to remain hidden and play “the sniper” with some “tennis fans” from here :)


Van Persie Says:

Correction: Margot.


Willow Says:

Margot im alergic to wasps :(( ….


Margot Says:

@Van Persie
“Mad Max” made a point of exacting revenge, I seem to recall, so be prepared and get your old rifle at the ready. :)
@Willow
Me too, especially the human kind …..


AndyMira Says:

@Willow..to me Danica and Dave still the saint!


Willow Says:

Margot i miss Grendel ….


Willow Says:

Margot remember old John Wayne classic western High Noon ?, this town aint big enough for the both of us lol ….


Willow Says:

^Sorry Gary Cooper ^….


Van Persie Says:

Speaking about movies and guns, I liked Matthew Modine in “Full Metal Jacket”. I kinda liked the Joker ;)


Willow Says:

Madmax you said you will give your O2 tickets to a friend now, im curious but didnt you always say Novak was your second favorite, so surely you will carry on watching tennis and supporting him ? and no empty platitudes from me either BTW just genuine concern, i say what i mean, and i mean what i say, no matter what others chose to believe, not that i give a wotsit anyway ….


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Don’t worry about Mad Max revenge, we’ll send her where she came from, Silverton, few miles from Broken Hill, in the middle of the nowhere…there is even her British compatriot who opened museum in Silverton…dedicated to her …one and only ..MAD MAX

https://youtu.be/B1sCH7iahXY


jatin Says:

I was just checking out the site and just read this news. But i am not surprised. That FALL in that 5th set against raonic was the most painful thing to watch as a fed fan ( even more than losing). It was one of the most nasty fall i have ever seen. I knew it could cause him further trouble but still expected him to play Rio.

Its incredibly amazing that he made semis of wimbledon with such limited play and injuries, he nearly made the finals. This is RF for you, the LEGEND.

Anyway, its been a very long and happy journey ( being a fed fan ) with lots of tough and happy moments. I hope he comes back fully fit and injury fit and start his final phase of his carrier freely with lots of enjoyment.
I would enjoy his tennis and his presence even more when i see him against next year with no expectations. He even announced that he will play HOPMAN cup next year to start his season. So no brisbane this time.

Madmax, Don’t worry about the haters, they are just jealous, I just laugh when I read the nasty comments made by someone on fed , our guy has 17 afterall ;)

Hope to see you next year Fed. Hopman cup is waiting :)
See you madmax, fedexpress, skeezer, daniel and all other lovely fed fans and yeah Willow aka Hippy chic (my first friend in this place),okiegal, you guys made this forum a very lovely place to interact.
See you guys next year or probably at the end of this year.
Fed fan forever.


Wog Boy Says:

Willow,

Good one, it took me few years to realise that Nole is second favorite to most Roger fans for only one reason and that is to protect Roger’s records against rampaging Rafa..now they go for anyone that plays against Nole for the same reason, but they are masters to pack it up (their opinion) not to sound that way. Believe or not, but there are days (not to many though) that I am sorry Nole stoped Rafa in 2011..


Van Persie Says:

haha WB,

Good one ;)


Van Persie Says:

^^ for post from 6:58 am


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Thanks:)


MADMAX Says:

This is a great, great write from Greg Garber. Fed Ex, read it please. STAY POSITIVE. Am so upbeat about Federer this morning. Feel so much better after having read this. Greg Garber
Senior Writer

“If you are a genuine fan of Roger Federer, you should vigorously applaud his decision to bail on the rest of the 2016 tennis season.”

Jatin,

This is for you too. Take heart and let’s still continue to watch tennis and comment on how the other players have such a long way to go before they even match the class and sheer grit of the guy. There is a vid link a little way down, might be some baseball information, but then Howard Bryant speaks and discusses his views on the Wimbledon Slip…starting with, “No wonder”. He emphasises the back to back match with Cilic and Raonic. Then to have the year to be finished which magnifies to Howard Bryant what happened at Wimbledon. Really interesting.

Howard Bryant: “You can’t say that you expect him to win another slam, but WHEN athletes hit their mid 30s, if he can come back even closer to where he has been after 4 months of rehab, then, this is Roger Federer we are talking about! Howard remains positive and therefore, I think we should too.

Tony Godsick also, there is some information from him, I have clipped it here.

http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/17149666/tennis-why-there-no-doom-gloom-roger-federer

“There is no gloom and doom in our camp,” insisted Tony Godsick, Federer’s longtime agent. “The decision was unfortunate, on the face, a bummer, but it was encouraging, too. It shows he still wants to get out there and give it a few more years.”

Godsick would not offer details, but said that by creating a window of four months without competitive tennis — instead of the usual one — Federer was giving himself more than enough cushion to come back completely healthy to start 2017.

“So if the doctor says he needs a certain number of weeks, now he can afford to give it even more time,” Godsick said. “Everyone on this team is an optimist, and he’s the chief optimist.”

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/players-at-rogers-cup-react-to-roger-federer-announcing-his-season-is-finished-194425396.html

Bless Monfils

“After Monfils finished his match, which he won 6-3, 6-3 against Joao Sousa, he arrived to his press conference and was asked for his thoughts on the Federer news. One problem, though — he hadn’t heard about it yet.

“Oh, yeah? Why?” Monfils responded after being told of Federer’s announcement. The press informed him it was because of an injury.

“Well, I’m sorry for him. I just — I’m sorry for him. I don’t know. I haven’t read, but I’m very sorry for him,” Monfils said.

“I love Roger, so obviously — I just finished my match. I have no idea. I’m very sorry for him, that’s for sure.”

Remember, this is the FiRST career injury Roger has succumbed to and when I think of the very many injuries sustained by Rafa, by Monfils, by Tsonga, I realise that 4 months will fly by. I remember when Rafa was out for 7 months plus, (Willow, Oki, how do you cope with this?). This is a first for the Fed fans, and only now do I fully understand your pain. For certain. It may be that he will change as a player, he already has, but to continue to still reach the business end of tournaments, to go 2 5 setters at the most recent slam, seems to have been his very limit.

He has made the absolute right decision. And we should, as Garber said, applaud him.


MADMAX Says:

Wog Boy Says:

Now, if we are allowed to use same criteria as we did for Rafa in 2012 on this very forum, just to be fair, it could be silent ban (coincidentally he is taking six months off), or maybe because testing at Olympics is much more thorough than in tennis..

July 26th, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Wogboy first. Yes. Two can play at that game. Novak. Out? Why? Did he give a reason? I don’t question his reasons – I take them at face value. Not sure you would even understand that phrase.

Wogboy as you are his body guard, with Diva sponge and following him around like a hapless St. Bernard to all the Seal concerts around the globe, surely you must know whether he popped into the Egg dome? or had an extended *secret* mission. Just ask Wogboy everyone – in between the brandy swigging in Australia. The Serbian patriot who left Serbia and emigrated to Australia; concentrated on a career in ‘How to get a personality in 10 days’. Unfortunately for WB, he missed the boat!

Margot, I don’t exact revenge at all. You want to see it that way, you do that honey.

I am it. I believe is SG1, still here – agree, he is a brilliant, intelligent writer. Helps you to pull your socks up Margot from time to time. So, most definitely, he needs to come back more often.

J-Kath. Noted. Thanks for the link. I posted it just, not realising that you had already.

Willow. My tickets – I firstly go to watch Federer AND Novak is in second place, you are correct, but this year, I feel without Roger being there, I can watch from the comfort of my own home. It won’t be the same and I am sure you will understand that.

I would hate to bump into Novak’s body guard. The breath might be a bit too much for my liking.


Willow Says:

Jatin its a pleasure to interact with your good self, Rishi, Ajet, Squirrel, some of the nicest and objective fans here, my only beef is that your not here often enough lol, and ive just noticed you all seem to be Asian too, must be a cultural thing ;-)) ….


MADMAX Says:

Wog Boy Says:
Willow,

Good one, it took me few years to realise that Nole is second favorite to most Roger fans for only one reason and that is to protect Roger’s records against rampaging Rafa..now they go for anyone that plays against Nole for the same reason, but they are masters to pack it up (their opinion) not to sound that way. Believe or not, but there are days (not to many though) that I am sorry Nole stoped Rafa in 2011..

July 27th, 2016 at 7:16 am

Wogboy, to make myself absolutely clear, though it does appear that your eyesight is failing you.

If Novak beats Roger’s slam count, I will be the first one to congratulate him. I have no jealousies or wish him bad luck at all. He will be the Goat in terms of slams. No question there whatsoever.

Book it. You heard it here first.


Willow Says:

Wogboy i would hope that the sensible Fed fans love Roger merely for his tennis rather than his legacy, but Novak could well surpass Rafa, then be hot on the heals of Roger too, only ifs at the moment, but all is still quite possible, but as the saying goes, be carefull what you wish for ….


Willow Says:

As a Rafa fan, i have no problem what-so-ever of Novak surpassing Rafa,records were indeed made to be broken, and certainly not a players personal property, or something they have some god given right to, my favorite is still my favorite no matter what he achieves or whomever surpasses him ….


Wog Boy Says:

Mad Max,

Broken Hill is waiting for you to come back home, trust me you will love it, there are men over there who haven’t seen woman in that red dust Broken Hill for ages, only sheep, but they wouldn’t make any difference between you and their beloved sheep, they’ll treat you same as them, you will love it, come back home, outback is calling you…and sheep masters..


Margot Says:

@Willow
“High Noon”- fab song :) Movie was good too.
@Jatin
Haven’t seen any Fed “haters” on here, how I hate that word used in a tennis context, only VP saying she didn’t care, which is allowed isn’t it?


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
Please, add me too to that “didn’t care” so we can make a group..


Margot Says:

Certainly Wog Boy, consider it done. Not too sure it really IS allowed tho……;)


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Margot, don’t worry, we’ll work something out with Sean to get permission to form “don’t (didn’t) care” group, we have some “didn’t care” people here with good negotiation skills and Sean looks like pretty open minded person…even he is Roger fan himself..


Willow Says:

Margot absolutely loved High Noon ;-)) ….


jatin Says:

margot
I know there aren’t many but i have seen some really nasty comments about fed and his wife in this page. Other than that, most of the fans are really cool over here.

Willow
I don’t know, but maybe you are right ;)
Rafa is going to come back soon. So enjoy every match of his.

Madmax
Thanks for the link. He is as motivated as ever. Its just a matter of 5-6 months.


J-Kath Says:

AM: Not really a fan of the Daily Mail (for reasons other than tennis). Was a bit surprised they called Andy’s training-week a holiday!!! Rather looks like he’s training for the circus?????. Wonder who he is practising with given that Rafa withdrew from training for the singles?

Rafa is the Spanish flag-bearer which may be partly the reason he intends to play the doubles….if his wrist is still “tender” is even that a good idea. Ah well, it’s his decision.


AndyMira Says:

JK..sorry..didn’t know you’re not a fan of DM..i read the article and i think it’s a little bit juicy for Andy fans and think of you guys..Yeah..i’m also wondering about that JK..so far no news bout that..

Bout Rafa..my guess..he’s not going to miss to be a flag bearer this time..to miss London 12 was devastated enough for him..sure his wrist is still tender and that is why he pulled out from mix dub and singles..maybe to be involved in 3 category is too much for his wrist..don’t know JK..but i’m still glad Andy and Novak still participate at Oly..otherwise,this must be a gloomy Oly for me..


RZ Says:

Thanks AM. I had read that Andy was skipped Canada for a training block so this is no surprise.


AndyMira Says:

@RZ..you’re very welcome bro!!I know it’s not a surprise for you RZ but listen to this”Clearly at the top of his game now and full of confidence after his wimbledon win,Murray will be one of the favourites for Olympic gold in Brazil”..aww!..isn’t that the sweetest line you’ve ever heard RZ?


RZ Says:

Haha AM, it is a sweet line and quite true. BTW, you keep calling me “bro” but I’m a “sis”


AndyMira Says:

Oh really RZ??Oh sorry sorry..thousands apology okay “sis”?I thought you’re a male!Stupid me!!Please don’t get mad okay?


skeezer Says:

Here.


MADMAX Says:

Margot Says:
If Fed wants to go on playing “for years” surely the way forward is doubles?
Isn’t Nestor over 40?

July 27th, 2016 at 1:29 am

Margot, many of us see right through you and your back handed compliments about Federer. Clever, I will give you that, but very devious. You and Wogboy are so made for each other.

Wogboy, I will give it a miss, but thanks for the invite!

Am sure the sheep is better looking than me anyway. Probably will emigrate to Oz as well, being a patriotic Serbian Sheep! What a joke!

We all know who the Fed haters are here on this site. Currently 4 of them.

Willow, as you said, be careful what you wish for.


RZ Says:

Not mad AM, just figured I should correct you sooner than later. Apparently you haven’t read some of my past posts about Feliciano Lopez or Tommy Haas, though those wouldn’t necessarily prove my gender. :-)


RZ Says:

@Margot – I think Fed can still play singles assuming his rehab goes well. You have to consider how well he played at Wimbledon (granted, he was gifted a relatively easy draw until the quarter) on a knee that wasn’t 100%. Also, my guess is that he’ll want to do a proper farewell tour for his last year of play. I think he’ll come back strong. He won’t win a lot of titles, but if he gets to a bunch of quarters and semis, that would be a good return IMO.

You know who I could see switching over to the doubles circuit in a few years? Feli. He’s still playing great in singles so I don’t think he’s retiring anytime soon, but he’s also playing great in doubles.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..on High Noon….loved Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly was full of grace, quite the classy lady! The song you are referring to is Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling……on this our wedding day……sung by Tex Ritter?? Old Tex couldn’t really sing but he had his own special style. Great old classic. Margot, how about The Big Country with Gregory Peck? Every time I come across it ….I have to watch! Another good western.

On tennis, watching Isner and Ryan Harrison….three games, 4 aces from John.


AndyMira Says:

@RZ..And thank you for your nice gesture sis..i might make a fool of myself even more if you didn’t do that..btw..i joined this forum a year and a half now,maybe i missed your post..thanks sis..


AndyMira Says:

Hey okie..how are you today?how’s the ankle?And the swelling?Is it go down a little or still the same?Are you still suffered a pain from it?


Okiegal Says:

Mira, ankle gets a little better each day. Since I take a blood thinner on a daily basis, a bruise gets bigger and bigger. The bruising is moving up the side of my lower leg….a good ways from the actual injury. But it’s better and thanks for asking!


Van Persie Says:

MADMAX,

Wogboy shoud speak for himself, but I have to ask, what is your problem with Serbes , who live elswhere? Do you think the same about Brits, who live in Spain, or elswhere in the world? Are they not patriotic?
Not to mention, how the American or Australian nation was formed.


AndyMira Says:

Anything for you okie..and i’m so worried about you..how you’re going to prepare your food or doing other stuff etc etc..you’ll be extra careful with what you do okay..if something that don’t need your immediate attention then don’t do it okay?


Okiegal Says:

Sometimes I make mistakes on the genders of posters here on TX. It is easy to do. That is why I stuck “gal” on Okie….just plain Okie was too generic. Lol

@Jatin 7:10…..Thanks for the nice compliment! I can switch that around, I have enjoyed interaction with you too!

@Mira again…..I am not surprised by Rafa and the decision to just do dubs…..he is not fit yet……just like I knew all along. He needs to pull out period!

@MADMAX….being a fan of Rafa is not for sissies! It has been a rough road to hoe……so unsettling for us fans. Fed fans are getting a taste of an injury and it is not a fun situation……good luck to Fed that he will recover and can play on……like you said, I feel your pain…..


Margot Says:

MADMAX @11am
Oh please don’t mistake me for someone who actually gives a t**s
about what you think.
Don’t bother to address another word to me, there’s a good girl and I will return the favour. Your lecturing school ma’m tone just makes me laugh.


Okiegal Says:

Mira, don’t worry about me please! I just put my big girl panties on and deal with it! Lol


Willow Says:

Okie /Margot ive been looking on amazon for copies of cheap dvds of old classic westerns, its like revisiting my chilhood, and when my late father used to watch those old classics on a Sunday afternoon, BTW loved the series High Chaparal and Bonanza ….


AndyMira Says:

Okie!!You said p@#$%^& here!!Oh my God!Ha ha ha..i hope very much all male posters will decided not to read TX today!!Ha ha ha..


Margot Says:

Willow: they are worth chasing and old black and whites are so cheap. Bet you both watched “Rawhide” too. They do re-visit “oldies” on the TV too sometimes. “Hill Street Blues” was on quite recently, love that.
Ooooh Ok, Gregory Peck, Rock Hudson, a young Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Thingy etc etc. They don’t make them like that any more. :)


AndyMira Says:

Btw okie..in a new thread,it showed rafa were practiced with andy so i don’t think he’s going to pulled out from Rio..


Willow Says:

Margot they dont make them like that anymore, true they certainly dont ! ….


AndyMira Says:

@M..you didn’t mention James Dean’s name..you’re not a fan of “the most handsome man on earth?”You surprised me M!!


MADMAX Says:

Roger, the GOAT of tennis!

Now Becker seems to had too much of Wogboy’s brandy!

The content of the following publication is a different angle, and a positive one as well.

http://www.eurosport.com/tennis/rio/2016/roger-federer-has-saved-his-career-it-could-yet-rescue-his-dream-of-elusive-18th-grand-slam_sto5699723/story.shtml

Boris Becker 
✔@TheBorisBecker
I wish a full and speedy recovery to the GOAT of tennis !@rogerfederer
11:34 PM – 26 Jul 2016


Willow Says:

I Do AndyMira loved the 3 films he made, Rebel Without A Cause semi Autobiographical, such a talent that was robbed of a chance to live up to great potential, sadly we will never know, and yeah an such a handsome man ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow..i knew you have a great taste!He he he..but no GIANT on your list?..GIANT with Liz taylor and Rock Hudson?And yeah..he was gone far too soon..


Willow Says:

AM I enjoyed all 3 JD films, but especially Rebel Without A Cause,Liz Taylor beautiful, and Natalie Wood equally so ….


AndyMira Says:

Oh okay willow..btw do you watch novak vs muller now?


Willow Says:

Only live scores ….


AndyMira Says:

Working now?


Okiegal Says:

@Willow….I am definitely a James Dean fan. I came very close to naming Derek Jett….. .but Byron wasn’t really thrilled with the name so we went with Derek. I do have a great great nephew named Jett….Jett Johns. I think it has a nice ring to it!📞📞📞 East of Eden was good too! Loved all of his movies…..sad that he lost his life so young…..he was so talented!

Harrison just beat Isner…..they have switched over to Novak and Muller…..tied up!


Willow Says:

Okie ;-)) ….


Travis Bickle Says:

Guys,

If anyone lives close to madmax, please help her!
Based on her comments on this thread, she is in a serious mental distress!
Attacking Margot (WTF???), mocking Wog Boy for being a Serb who lives elsewhere, reiterating how she feels super optimistic about Federer’s career from this point forward, etc…

Typical behavioural signs of imminent nervous breakdown.
Call a psychiatrist!!!


J-Kath Says:

Okie: Oh Okie: The haunting tunes of some the songs mentioned make me sad even though they pre-date events. A lot of hymns do the same e.g. “Abide With Me.”. Just having one of those evenings I guess…..good vibes coming your way for your ankle.


Willow Says:

Ah sorry your feeling sad J-Kath, just make sure you come and chat to your friends here ….


Van Persie Says:

Travis,

I have to live now also with the fear of some “Fed fanatics”, as the lately terrorist attacks in Europe were not enough…


Van Persie Says:

correction: as if the lately..


J-Kath Says:

Thank you Willow:

It caught me with the crash of a huge wave. Now ebbing. Thank you for your friendship.


Willow Says:

J-Kath your welcome ;-)) ….


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie:

Please hang some garlic outside the front door of your house – don’t tempt fate, lass.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
I don’t mind Mad Max mentioning me, not at all if that can help her mental health, which is rapidly deteriorating and Roger withdrawal is not helping it either. Whatever I can do to help her I will exept one thing…I don’t bed desperate women, it is like sleeping with a log, but sheep farmers in her home town of Silverton near Broken Hill are very keen to have her back, they’ll treat her well, like their beloved sheep.
BTW, just by reading her posts I am sure few Psychiatrists can do their Master degrees using her case..


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I wouldn’t be worried for VP, she is coming from the part of the Eastern Europe with the second strongest magic (white, black or red) in the world, after Voodoo one, and I am serious, they live in eastern part of Serbia and western part of Romania, to my understanding they are ancient Romanians, speak old Romanian language and have magic second to Voodo, we call them “Vlasi” their language “Vlaški” they have great music and hot women:) This is their dance, take a time and have look, I love their music and dance:

https://youtu.be/6Ws4B1fs398


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

Not being competitive via yourself Wogboy but when are the “ancient Romanians” going to the Edinburgh Festival?

Don’t give VP too much assurance – there is a link between the Scots and English with Vlad the Umpaler. Count Drakula!.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I guess as soon as they are invited, they have nice manners, they are not going to invite themselves:) BTW, that was the first video I found, they have much better dance groups and traditional folk dancing is very popular in the Balkans whether is Romanian, Serbian or Bulgarian. Serbian professional dance group “Kolo” performed in Sydney Opera House and they finish with standing ovations, people couldn’t have enough of them, one of their dances from SE Serbia, not the best video but will give you an idea how good they are:

https://youtu.be/8B3MBR5PijE


Wog Boy Says:

BTW JK, you are starting to give me same trouble as BBB with your sentences:)

What excatly “Not being competitive via yourself Wogboy” means? I know I am bit slow, but I am improving my English every day..


Van Persie Says:

WB, J-K,

Well, speaking about magic, I will let the authorities do their jobs. Have to admit, I forgot about the power of white/black magic. :)

WB,

Thanks for the link :)


Van Persie Says:

J-K,

Bram Stoker is a little child, if we compare him with Mircea Eliade.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……Songs have a real affect on my moods too. I know exactly what you mean. I have been so low lately. Tears a plenty. My ankle has made me depressed, everyone I know is going on vacations. After Byron retired in 2012 we were traveling during the summer months. Probably never again for me…….

Thanks for concern about my ankle……I am sorry you too are not feeling great today. I will be perfectly honest with you…… the realization of being a widow has really just hit me……Take care, JK. I can tell you are a tough gal…..I always thought I was too, but learning I am
not…….I am gonna go next Wednesday and meet with the guy who is going to help me with Byron’s tombstone. I got black, it came all the way from China. It was on the ocean for over a month, it came in yesterday. Nervous about the decision-making on what I want on it…….. PITY PARTY OVER…..sorry everybody…….


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy @ 7.20pm

“BTW JK, you are starting to give me same trouble as BBB with your sentences:)

That’s because BBB is a lawyer and so am I – except in my case I’m not qualified. Hence it means when making a statement make it as complex as possible so that it can be understood to be anything the writer wants it to be if he/she is called to account.

For the record, every Omsbudsman knows who I am – either on my own account or for others. The Planning Dept. at our local Council take sick leave if I’m included on the list of “Neighbours” to be notified etc. etc. PS: You are a bit like me Wogboy (which is a double-edged compliment) and which is why I don’t want to oppose you. Cheers Mate.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..did not know you were a lawyer. I worked in the judicial system at county level. Served as the count clerk of our county seat for 6 years….as a deputy for 35 yrs. I loved it! Very interesting line of work. The best friends I have in Ada, Oklahoma are attorneys. Never a dull moment at the courthouse! Fun job……


J-Kath Says:

Okie luv: I’m not a lawyer. Sorry if I have misled you. It was not intentional…my first line was tongue-in-cheek.

I’ve always hated injustices so I’ve done a lot of research, looked at thousands of documents, have a number of policemen in my family and have scraped their brains clean and made many objections for myself and others, not necessarily to a Court. It all started in South Africa where fighting apartheid was part of my job and has continued ever since although the aims and methods are different.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Thanks very much for taking the time for very comprehensive explanation, much appreciated, cheers back to you mate.


Okiegal Says:

JK…..I did misunderstand you…….I am not the sharpest knife in the cupboard….missed your point! Are you another Erin Brockovich?? She was an excellent para legal……a mover and a shaker who got things done. Loved the movie!


J-Kath Says:

Okie

If only I looked half as good as Erin…me too, loved the movie.

Wogboy: UR welcome.

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