Roger Federer, who had surgery on his right knee for the third time in the last year and a half, will not be able to start racing again before January. His come back to the Tour should not take place before the summer of 2022, as admitted by the Maestro in a recent interview.
His participation in Wimbledon next year is highly questionable. Speaking on the Today Show, Australian Open director Craig Tiley analyzed the situation of King Roger.
Craig Tiley said: “First, I want to say that we have been in constant contact with Roger Federer. We have been friends for many years and we love to see him play. He is recovering from knee surgery and we must not forget that he is 40 years old. His body needs more time to recover than it did 10-15 years ago.
We only know that he will return to play at some point. When will we see him on the pitch again? I think it will still take some time. He will take the racket in hand in March-April.”
Tiley expressed also on Peng’s issue
Craig also turned his attention to the story of Peng Shuai, whose traces have been lost after the allegations of harassment aimed at a former exponent of the Chinese government. “We at Tennis Australia have asked both the ATP and the WTA for information, it’s a really bad story. We will use any resources at our disposal to help. We sincerely hope that it is safe.”
The news had been in the air for a few weeks, but now it’s official. Only players who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to participate in the Australian Open 2022. At this point it is legitimate to ask what Novak Djokovic will do, who did not want to reveal his vaccination status and said he was in favor of freedom of choice.
In the event of a forfeit in Melbourne, the world number 1 would lose the chance to hoist himself to 21 Grand Slams by winning his favorite tournament. Rafael Nadal is expected to take part in the Happy Slam, while Roger Federer announced he will come back during the next Summer, a few days ago.