The comeback of Roger Federer keeps getting pushed back.
Weeks ago, Darren Cahill let it be known that he thought Federer would be back for the Australian Open. Cahill later clarified stating he wasn’t sure.
Then in the last few days coach Ivan Ljubicic said the Australian Open was not a real possibility.
Now, Federer himself says he’s targeting a return next summer at the very earliest.
In an interview with the Swiss-German media outlet Tages-Anzeiger, Federer spoke about the injury and the timetable on a return.
Federer said he had a third surgery on his right knee to fix the damage to the meniscus from Wimbledon.
He said Australia will not happen. He’s hopeful to be jogging in January and possibly be training on the court in March. And he’d be surprised if he were ready for Wimbledon.
Federer added that he is motivated to return and hungry for more wins and titles. But it now appears unlikely we’ll see Federer play an official match before he turns 41 next August.
Some snippets via twitter of their sports editor:
There has been wild speculation about @rogerfederer recently. To put these to rest, he called my dear colleague @maeschmann and spoke openly for the first time about his recovery after his third knee operation and his goals. Some quotes by Roger follow (a thread) (1/12):
— Simon Graf (@SimonGraf1) November 17, 2021
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