Over the past two seasons Roger Federer has encountered various problems. Injuries with advancing age have hampered his career, several operations have put his presence in the tennis world at risk and still today no one knows if and when Roger will return to the Tour.
Roger himself recently stated that his presence at Wimbledon 2022 is in doubt. The Swiss player has only played 13 official matches this season and finished the season in the Wimbledon quarter-finals where he succumbed to Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz.
Speaking on Channel 4, former Formula 1 champion Mark Webber talked about what happened in the last lap of the Formula One Grand Prix between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and cited the tennis legend Roger Federer. The 45-year-old Australian revealed that after Sunday's defeat Lewis used a phrase similar to that of Roger Federer.
Here are his words: "At the end of his interview Lewis said with some doubts' We'll see next year. This year we have done a fantastic job, congratulations to my team but also to Max and his team. The team worked hard, it was a difficult season.
We gave everything and never gave up, this is the most important thing." Lewis then concluded: "I have felt great the last couple of months, we are still in a pandemic and I hope everyone will spend Christmas with their families.
For the track we will see that it will happen next year." Webber stressed that he has heard several times hearing Roger Federer says: We will see next year, almost doubting his future and agreed that perhaps the same is also true for Hamilton and the British after the burning defeat has made sensational thoughts on withdrawal.
Emma Raducanu got the virus and she'll skip Abu Dhabi
After the extraordinary success at the US Open against Leylah Fernandez, which unfortunately was followed by a decidedly subdued period in terms of performance and results, Emma Raducanu had decided to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship to prepare for the new season and in particular for the Australian Open 2022.
Her plans, however, are undermined due to her COVID-19 positivity. The news was given by the leaders of the friendly tournament itself through their Twitter profile. The British, therefore, will miss the match against Belinda Bencic scheduled for this Thursday 16 December and her name has been deleted from the draw.
The organizers let it be known that they will find a player of the same level to be included as an opponent of Switzerland. An bad tile therefore for the outgoing Flushing Meadows champion Emma Raducanu, forced to review with her team the entire preparation program for the opening of the 2022 season.
The 19-year-old native of Toronto is therefore out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament scheduled in Abu Dhabi from 16 to 18 December that is enriched by two illustrious returns such as those of Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.
To certify the British tennis player's departure from the scene were the organizers through the official social channels of the event: "Emma is now in isolation and she is following all the necessary protocols. We wish her a quick recovery and hope to see her on the court soon.
We are looking for a top level alternative player to play with Belinda Bencic, more updates will be communicated." This release was followed by the statements of Raducanu: "I was looking forward to playing in front of the fans in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately, after having tested positive at Covid-19, I will have to postpone the appointment until the next opportunity.
I am in solitary confinement, according to the regulations, and I hope to be back soon." The Raducanu-Bencic confrontation should have been held on Thursday after the one between Ruud and Shapovalov and between Thiem and Murray.
On Friday the winner of the first match will meet the Russian Andrey Rublev, while whoever prevails in the second match will go on the pitch against Rafael Nadal. The final will take place on Saturday.