Roger Federer last played at Wimbledon 2021 when he lost in the quarter finals against the young Polish player, Hubert Hurkacz. Hurkacz earned the biggest win of his career when he beat the eight-time champion in straight sets. The 24-year-old beat Federer 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0, giving the Swiss maestro his first ever bagel at Wimbledon.
During Wimbledon, Federer experienced some issues with his knee and thus, took the difficult decision to announce his withdrawal from the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.”
“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!,” wrote Federer via social media.
While the Olympics are due to start this week, Federer was spotted in Croatia with his wife, his longtime coach, Ivan Ljubicic and former footballer, Thierry Henry.
Federer seen at a restaurant in the island of Losinj, Croatia
Federer and his wife, Mirka were seen enjoying some time away at a restaurant in Mali Lošinj on the island of Lošinj. They were joined by Federer’s long-time coach and friend, Ivan Ljubicic and his wife and former French football Striker, Thierry Henry and his partner, Andrea Rajačić.
“It was cloudy in Mali Lošinj today and there were not many people, but even those who passed by the restaurant did not realise that only a few meters away from them sat people who wrote the history of sports. They enjoyed peace and privacy without security,” said the photographer.
Ivan has been Federer’s coach since the end of 2015 and is great friends with him off the court. “About working with Federer, it was a little bit strange for me in the beginning. We had a friendly relationship before and we have turned that into a normal coach-player relationship. I have got used to it now. I don’t see him as an icon but as a friend,” Ljubicic said in an interview in 2018.