There are just a few days left and the Wimbledon 2021 tournament will officially begin, the third Grand Slam of the year which returns to full capacity in the Tour after a year of absence caused by the Pandemic and due to the virus that for over a year and a half has brought everyone to their knees.
Now the season is back on the grass with one of the most prestigious tournaments in the history of this sport and that every tennis player dreams of playing and maybe winning. It was a particular year and many injuries and other problems forced some tennis players to skip the event.
Among the main names there are certainly Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka, top tennis players of the men's and women's Tours. Rafa played in a grueling the Roland Garros that ended with a very hard defeat like the one he reached in the semifinals in four sets against his long-time rival Novak Djokovic.
This battle caused the tennis player to have several concerns about his condition ahead of Wimbledon and given the two close matches, the twenty-time winner of the Grand Slam tournament has decided to announce his forfeit from both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Quite particular is the case of the Japanese champion Naomi Osaka who, after announcing her retirement in the second round from the Roland Garros, decided to forfeit Wimbledon. The tennis player has been discussing tennis players' mental health issues and recently she revealed that she has been having problems with it since 2018.
Unlike Nadal, Naomi Osaka works to return and play the Olympics at home. Other stars absentees include three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, recovering from foot surgery, and Canadian Milos Raonic, recovering from a calf problem.
With Juan Martin Del Potro stopped for some time now due to physical problems there will not even be Borna Coric, who has just had shoulder surgery, and David Goffin, who was injured in the Halle tournament. Among the women, the former Wimbledon semifinalist and expert tennis player Kirsten Flipkens will also be absent, while the home tennis player Kyle Edmund will be missing at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer closer to retirement?
The return to Halle of the Swiss champion and twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer lasted much shorter than expected with the Swiss tennis player who succumbed in three sets to the young Canadian talent Felix Auger Aliassime.
Beyond the tennis player's performance, what appeared strange and in some ways worrying was Roger's attitude on the pitch, disheartened and now resigned in the third set to a fate that seemed almost obvious. In addition, the media appeared concerned that Federer delayed his press conference by two and a half hours.
After the defeat against Felix Auger Aliassime, Roger Federer made the following statements: "I needed time to digest the third set, I was disappointed with how the match ended, something similar to what also happened in Geneva.
Honestly, at the end of the match, I didn't know what to say. From the three victories at Roland Garros I have gathered a lot of information on the matches, then changing surfaces is not easy at all, Felix is a great tennis player and he played better than me.
For my part, I didn't have a good attitude, I felt disappointed in how I felt and how things were going. All the difficulties followed me and I was not able to push them away. I realized it wasn't my day and there was nothing I could do.
I am neither happy nor proud." Finally, however, there remains a glimmer of hope: "If you look at the 1500 races or so that I have played in my career these are things that can happen and the good thing is that I know that it will not happen to me the next time I will be on the pitch, I talked to Ivan Ljubicic (coach) and I understood everything.
I just have to be positive and think about the next goal, which is Wimbledon." Finally speaking of the physical problems Roger concluded: "The rehabilitation process has been a great challenge for me, anyone who has undergone several surgeries knows what I am talking about and this is the my biggest concern."