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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On Fed, the great news a week ago that Rafa was coming back and out to try and win and ruin Novaks party if he can – just got dampened a bit. By more sign that Fed is just about ‘over and out’. No tennis until after Wimbledon, back late summer, if that. If so, late July 2022 would be over a year since Roger has competed. Maybe a dignified last hurrah would be one more US Open, close his career out in Basel. File papers at the Swiss unemployment office.
Then there is Andy and Serena (and ol’ Venus is still around at over 40, and more and more playing like every year of it.) And how their last tournaments will be scheduled.
I’m very much looking forward to Medvedev-Sinner. For one, the future has arrived, and for Sinner it is just about to. Jannik has nothing to lose and it’s a good time to say,” I’m, coming you f*c#rs!”
November 18th, 2021 at 12:52 am