Roger Federer to miss Australia Open 2022

Roger Federer to miss the entire 2020 season due to injury setback

Roger Federer, in his latest Interview with LA Matin, confirmed that he will be missing the upcoming Australian Open and also, had added that he is very unlikely to participate in the Wimbledon as well.

“Australia is not an option at all. But that’s no surprise for me. Even before the operation, we knew that a break of many months would be necessary afterwards.

“I wanted to wait for the first major check-up before making a public statement, and the check-up was very encouraging.

“I have started a long rehabilitation process in which I put all my heart and soul. But the situation is not the same as in 2016. I have to be patient.

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I need to be very patient and give my knee the time to heal. The next few months will be crucial.”

Federer, who is currently at number 16, is yet to play a game since his loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Quarter Final of Wimbledon 2021 this July.

Months later, he had announced that he would be undergoing surgery for his knee.

“As far as my sporting ambitions are concerned: I want to see once again what I can achieve as a tennis pro,” Federer said. “I’m fighting for it and I’m very motivated. I feel the support of my team and my family. We all wish that I can say goodbye on my own terms and on the court.

“I have experienced similar challenges many times in my career. Sometimes without the public being aware of it. And even though I know that the end is near, I want to try to play some big matches again. It won’t be easy, but I will try.”

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Talking about his retirement, “I think that every athlete should decide for himself. There is no right time to retire. There is only the time that suits each individual athlete. It is a very personal decision.

“I understand the fans’ feelings. It would be easy for me to say, ‘I’ve given a lot and received a lot. Let’s stop here’. But me investing everything to come back is also my way of saying thank you. My fans deserve better than the image of my last grass season.

“My world will not collapse if I never play in another Grand Slam final. But it is my ultimate dream to return once again. And in fact, I still believe in it. I believe in these kinds of miracles. I have already experienced them.”

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