Roger Federer: ‘I myself advised her to end that pain’

His 2021 was troubled, but the ‘bad news’ continues to come from a tennis perspective for Roger Federer, the 40-year-old tennis legend. The Swiss played his last match in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against the Polish Hurkacz, under the blows of an excellent rival (Top Ten) and shortly after announced that he was undergoing a new operation. During an interview with the microphones of the Swiss portal Lematin Roger clarified his future situation and announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam title in 2022. The Swiss champion has made it clear that he will not be in Melbourne but has undoubtedly made worrying statements about his possible return to the court. Federer has taken off his crutches and the data with the doctors are quite encouraging but regarding his return to the court we still have to wait: “I will be able to go back to running quietly in January and push again with the sessions on the court around April. To this day, I look forward to my return to an official match in the summer of 2022.” Speaking of the Wimbledon dream, the Swiss seems even more cautious:” I would be very surprised if I could be on the court at Wimbledon. We have sutured a meniscus injury and that is why there are long downtimes, the doctors have also treated my cartilage and that is why a lot of patience and caution is needed. I have stopped for a long time.”

Roger Federer on his wife Mirka

Notably, Mirka and Roger Federer met for the first time at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Since then, the two have been inseparable and now are parents of four children. Although in 2002, the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s wife put an end to her tennis career. The Swiss maestro reflected on the physical struggles Mirka had faced because of tennis. Also, Roger admitted to insisting on his wife to retire early. “My wife Mirka has suffered a lot due to her physical problems,” Roger said. “Her career ended very early, and I myself advised her to end that pain.” As for Roger, he has undergone multiple knee surgeries and suffered uncountable injuries throughout his career. Despite all that, he is still passionate about returning to the ATP Tour at 40 years of age. Accordingly, he realized what his wife must have gone through to in making that decision. “I told her as if it were the simplest thing in the world,” Roger continued. “Looking back on it today, I get a weird feeling. I am still playing tournaments at 40, and I find it difficult to stop.” 

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