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Tennis: Roger Federer will not resume competition at least before “summer 2022”

Launched in a delicate rehabilitation of a knee, Roger Federer aims a return to competition at “Summer 2022”, thus excluding to participate in the Australian Open, in an interview, Wednesday, November 17, at The Geneva Tribune.

“The truth is, I would be incredibly surprised to play Wimbledon; as much to say that Australia is not even taken into account ”, confided the Swiss tennis icon.

Fell Monday at the 16e place in the ATP ranking, Roger Federer, 40, who has played only thirteen games this year after a year of interruption linked to a double intervention in the right knee, “Therefore consider [son] return to competition for summer 2022 », corn “Warns that the next four or five months will be decisive”.

Caught up in pain during the grass season, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and then forfeited the Tokyo Olympics, again undergoing two operations for “Suture” his right internal meniscus then ” to treat [son] cartilage ‘.

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“A few more big games”

“This operation, I was going to have to do it anyway for my long-term well-being (…) so that I can ski with my children, play soccer or tennis with my friends in the decades to come. My first motivation was to get back in shape for my life as a man ”, also explained the native of Basel.

While Federer cannot “Start running again quietly” from January 2022, before starting in March-April “Training that looks like tennis”, he was very cautious about his ambitions: “I want to go and see what I’m capable of as a professional tennis player one last time. “

“We all wish I could say goodbye in my own way and on a tennis court (…). And if we push the reasoning, replaying in 2022 or 2023 no longer makes a big difference: 40 or 41 years, it doesn’t matter ”, estimates the winner of twenty Grand Slam tournaments.

“The question is rather: will I manage to hurt myself day after day? Today my heart answers yes. So I take it step by step (…). And while I know the end is near, I want to try to play a few more big games. “

The World with AFP

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