World No. 4, Roger Federer, recently announced that he would be missing the rest of the 2020 season due to an additional arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. The Swiss Maestro said he’ll be missing his fans but he wants to be 100% ready to be back at the 2021 season.
The tennis star turns 39 next month and without a doubt, has enjoyed a successful career both on and off-the-court. He was named the world’s highest-earning athlete by Forbes in May because of his big endorsements. He is also the most decorated male tennis player in history, including a gold medal from the 2008 Beijing games in men’s doubles and a silver from the 2012 London games in men’s singles.
In an interview with SRFSport he said, “When you have been on the tour for 20 years, you are happy to have a quieter season.” as quoted by Sportskeeda.
Federer spoke about his ambitions to play and be successful at the Tokyo Olympics next year which will be his 4th appearance for Switzerland.
He also added, “Now they are all forced to stay still and I think 90% of the players are a little happy about this. Tennis has a non-stop schedule.” Players like Filip Krajinovic and Diego Schwartzman disagree with Federer given the financial difficulties that the pandemic has led to.
Federer Being Criticized for His Commercial Endorsements
The Swiss champion has been receiving some criticisms for the allegedly sneaky promotions of his new shoe brand.
Recently, Australian tennis player Andrew Harris criticized Federer saying, “I know Federer is all for the money at the top. He might say in public what people want to hear, that he’s all for money being redistributed to lower-ranked players… but when it comes to voting, his preference is to keep it at the top.”