Roger Federer's long stop was a huge blow to fans all over the world, who could only admire their favorite at the Australian Open. Few imagined that the former world number 1 would undergo two operations on his right knee, ending his 2020 well in advance.
Thanks also to the delicate situation linked to the global pandemic, the 39-years-old Swiss opted not to force recovery times, hoping to be ready for the start of the new season. During the Laureus Awards ceremony a couple of weeks ago, King Roger however admitted that he was still far from 100% fit and did not confirm his participation in the Australian Open 2021.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion could choose to skip the Happy Slam and focus on his big seasonal goals, namely Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by twelve months due to the Coronavirus emergency.
In a lengthy interview with Digisport, former WTA number 1 Simona Halep revealed how tennis will face a tough time when Federer decides to hang up his racquet.
Simona Halep: "Roger Federer is an absolute genius"
"We cannot say that it would be a tragedy to retire at 40 years-old" - said the Romanian, 2-times Grand Slam champion.
"It will be a difficult moment for tennis, we will miss it a lot. We are talking about a great idol for our entire generation, an absolute marvel on the pitch and a very kind man off the court, full of kindness and good manners.
From my point of view, he is a genius. He will be very sad when he announces his retirement from tennis, but I think when he makes that decision it will be a wise choice. Life has a much broader meaning than tennis and he has already achieved everything an athlete can dream of," added Halep, who reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year.
At this time Federer is training in Dubai, where he spent Christmas with his family. The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.