The rumours that Roger Federer is on the point of retiringt are currently widely circulating around the tennis world following his latest health bulletin in which the 40-year-old revealed via Instagram, that he is going to have more knee surgery resulting in him being side-lined for a few months.
I also want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form. I am realistic - I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it. Roger Federer
The Swiss icon, a 20-time Grand Sam winner, who already has had two knee operations on his right knee in the last year or so, is going to miss the US Open but believes that following the procedure he ‘has a glimmer of hope’ of making a return to the pro tour.
He was last seen in action at Wimbledon last July when he was knocked out in the quarter finals by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. He later withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics, one of his targets for the year.
“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks, and also out of the game for many months,” Federer, who turned 40 a week ago, revealed on Sunday evening.
“It’s going to be difficult in some ways but, at the same time, I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again.
“I also want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form.
“I am realistic – I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.
“But I want to be healthy. I will go through the rehab process with a goal, while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time.”
Still rated the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) by many, despite all the loud claims of his rival’s camp, Federer, the former world number one currently ranked nine, intimated during his loss at The Championships, that it could well be his last appearance at SW19 where he has been champion on eight occasions.
For many years he has been everyone’s icon as he pocketed a record 20 grand slam titles which was equalled by Rafa Nadal when he won the 2020 French Open and more recently at Wimbledon this summer, by the current world number one Novak Djokovic.
Explaining his decision, Federer said: “I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors, as well, on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon.
“Unfortunately they told me for the medium- to long-term, to feel better, I will need surgery, so I decided to do it. I will be on crutches for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months.”
He also acknowledges that his career could well be over, but he wasn’t giving up just yet as he would rehab with a view to making another comeback.
But one thing is certain, Federer will not be back contending for the majors though his reputation and aura will still give him more than a flying start at any event he enters.
Meanwhile Novak Djokovic is now favourite to pull ahead in the ‘Grand Slams won’ table in a few weeks’ time at Flushing Meadows as Nadal will not be there having withdrawn with a foot injury, unless the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev can finally make their long-awaited breakthrough at the majors.