Respected tennis coach Darren Cahill corrected himself and said that he should not have said that Roger Federer will for sure play the Australian Open.
On Friday, Cahill said he’s pretty sure Federer will play at Melbourne Park in January.
In August, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer underwent a knee surgery.
“Hi mate. So I rechecked with my contact at TA and we got our wires mixed. My wording should’ve been that he’s working hard and doing everything possible to play the AO. So, my bad if I’ve jumped the gun. Sorry Fed fans. But like everyone, hoping he makes it to the AO,” Cahill tweeted.
The comments Cahill previously made
“There’s so many great stories coming into the Australian Open,” he said on Sportsday.
“Roger (Federer) is apparently playing, I know he’s doing a lot of work on the court at the moment and we’re pretty sure he’s going to come down to play the Australian Open.
“At 40 years of age, the fact that he’s even doing what he’s doing is quite remarkable. He’s trying to get 21 (major titles).
“Rafael (Nadal) is training his backside off, I’ve seen a lot of vision of him in Spain and he’s working incredibly hard going for 21.
“Then of course Novak (Djokovic) and what he tried to do in 2021 by nearly winning the Grand Slam, which hasn’t been done since 1969.
“Tennis is much bigger than one individual, I think Novak will be here but if he doesn’t come down, the event will still be a major success.
“It will be disappointing not to see him… but once the event starts, away you go and the stories develop. The tournament in 2022 will be huge not just for the players but also for the public.”
Federer last played at the Australian Open in 2020, when he made the semifinal before losing to Novak Djokovic.