At the moment there is no certainty about Roger Federer's return to the court, who was photographed on vacation in Croatia with his family. Roger Federer turned 40 yesterday, receiving many tributes from fellow tennis players and more.
Few imagined that the Swiss would still be active in 2021, further testimony to the incredible longevity of this absolute sporting legend. It would be useless to deny that there is great uncertainty about the current conditions of King Roger, who played his last match at Wimbledon losing in the quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz.
The former world number 1 missed the Tokyo Olympics due to a relapse in his operated knee, citing the same reason for the most recent forfeits in Toronto and Cincinnati. Given the premises, Federer will also be absent from the US Open in three weeks.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has played 19 games from the beginning of 2020 to the present, a number that speaks volumes about the difficulties facing him. His best seasonal results came in the Slams, with the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Church Road.
The next months for Roger Federer will be crucial after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati. The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles.
His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year. Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn't want to leave him alone.
The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz. The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.
Roger Federer's parents praised their son
A few days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to Blick magazine. His dad Robert said: "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically.
I think he has inherited many traits from me, it is so evident" Then Mom Lynette intervened: "From meshe probably received the discipline and the desire to move. Perhaps also his talent for hitting the ball."
Not even his parents imagined seeing him still on the court at 40. Lynette said: "He has always followed his instinct and his love for sport. In addition, his physique has held up quite well despite the repeated stresses of the past 25 years."
Robert Federer's father added about his amazing son: "It's great that he still lives for tennis. He tried very hard to recover his condition after knee operations, I found it truly admirable. Roger continues to live his dream, we respect him without ever getting too much in the way."
Lynette also said: "Roger Federer has always been a fun, active guy who had lots of friends around him. It was immediately evident that he wanted to play sports. It didn't matter who he was. Skateboarding, biking, ping pong or squash, he just liked to move.
It was not an obligation for him unlike many other children, he did it with pleasure. People have always been amazed by his exceptional talent and naturalness with which hit the ball from a very young age. However, we never imagined such a success."
His father Robert added: "We never had the thought that he was going to be a champion of the sport. We always behaved normally, letting things run as smoothly as possible."