One of the biggest news of the sporting world has come from Tennis, as Roger Federer has announced that he would be missing the Australian Open tournament, as he recoups from an injury. The Swedish player has made it clear that as he continues to recover from his multiple knee surgeries, he is unlikely to return to the court until mid-2022. His coach Ivan Ljubicic also confirmed the same earlier this week.
This has been a trial period for the former World number 1. A relapse in the knee has forced him to go into three surgeries in the last 18 months or so. Roger’s last appearance in a grand slam date back to Wimbledon. He lost a quarterfinal in that tournament to Hubert Hurkacz. His poor performance and lack of fitness in recent times has further led to the star dropping out of the top 10 rankings for the first time since 2017, and with his absence at the Australian Open 2022, the world is left to wonder whether they would ever get to see him back again.
At such a time, the 20-grand-slam winner has come out with a statement, in which he said that he would be “extremely surprised” if he can ever play at Wimbledon, a title he has won for a record 8 times, reports Reuters. According to a report of Reuters, the star talked with Le Matin newspaper in which he said, “I need to be very patient and give my knee the time to heal. The next few months will be crucial.”
Roger Federer currently has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. Thus is tied with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to be the most successful grand Slam champion of all time.