“It was the right decision, can’t wait now” Roger Federer speaks about his surgery after Wimbledon and why he did it
20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer continues making tennis fans wait for his return to the court having not played a match since he was defeated in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Wimbledon. Federer had injured his knee during his stint at the All-England Club and was forced to undergo a 3rd knee injury having returned to Tour a few months ago having missed a year’s worth’s action already.
The surgery left Federer on crutches however it did not stop Federer from being active in tennis as he made a surprise appearance at the 2021 Laver Cup. That was the last appearance of the Swiss Maestro at any tennis event as he now hopes for a fully fit return to the Tour during the 2022 season.
Roger recently attended the Super G Race in Lenzerheide where he gave an interview to SRF Sport and spoke about his love for skiing and also the decision to undergo another surgery. With a comeback expected in May, Roger might actually be skipping the 2022 Wimbledon this year and might return only in the second half of the season.
“But it was the right decision. The knee wasn’t good at all after Wimbledon. I couldn’t go on like this. It was wonderful to witness the race here. I live only five minutes away. In other years, I was on the road. Finally, I made it. Unfortunately, because of my knee. I’ve always skied very fast and didn’t make many turns.
“That’s why I haven’t skied since 2008. I thought I would start again after my career. 14 years later, I still haven’t skied. Mirka is skiing, the kids are skiing, and I can’t wait to do it again,” said Roger during the interview highlighting the point again that the surgery was needed for him to continue with a normal life once he’s done with the sport professionally.
Roger Federer set to exit Top-30 soon
Roger was ranked 8th in the world when he was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz in Wimbledon last year. Since then, his inactivity has seen him drop in ranking and is now currently ranked 27th in the world. However, as he is set for another couple of months away from the action, he is set to drop further in the rankings and might move out of the Top-30 in a couple of weeks.
Having been slightly active during the Clay season last season, he will lose points furthermore during the Golden Swing that could see him out of Top-50 as well. Federer has not been ranked outside the Top-30 since 2001, a streak of 21 years that might be breaking soon unfortunately.