"I am very well, the rehabilitation is proceeding step by step and the worst is now behind us. When you come back from injury, every day is a better day. I've been through it last year, so it's not a mental problem at all.
I would like to play the Laver Cup 2022 in London, I hope to be able to return and be on the pitch there." With these words, spoken on Swiss radio Srfsport, Roger Federer updated fans about his current physical condition and sent a clear message to the event he created to pay homage to the Australian legend.
Due to continuous knee problems, the Swiss champion, for the first time, was unable to fight with the Team Europe tennis players to win the Laver Cup. Federer will return to the court next year, even if the return date official is not yet clear.
In addition to the Swiss, this edition of the team tournament also did without Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Last March, Federer was appointed ambassador of Swiss tourism, a country that saw him born and grow and that he has always declared he loves.
"I have been all over the world and have visited many places, but my favorite has always remained Switzerland," explained Roger Federer immediately after accepting the new assignment. "It's the country I miss the most when I travel around the Tour."
Just over the past few weeks, Switzerland Tourism has released a fun video starring Federer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion said: "Do you know why I play tennis? Because you can often sit on the benches. No, I'm just kidding, but we Swiss just love to sit on our bench.
Our 'perfect break' When I'm sitting on a bench during the match, I always think about Switzerland."
Maria Sharapova talked about Naomi Osaka and her situation
During the last interview released, Maria Sharapova, former Russian tennis player who for a year has said goodbye to tennis, talked about the particular moment that the young Japanese star Naomi Osaka is experiencing.
From Roland Garros 2021 to today, Naomi explained to all her mental health problems, which also led her to question her future in tennis. Sharapova said: "We should support all athletes going through difficult times. Naomi Osaka is an incredible tennis player and a fantastic person who has a bright future ahead of her.
You have to respect the decisions that people make in a time of strong vulnerability. People don't know what's going on behind the scenes or how a player feels. We must support everyone: the more support we give to the players, the more they will play and feel better.
Even on difficult days, an athlete must attend press conferences, have a professional attitude and talk about tennis. " In her career, Sharapova has won five Grand Slam tournaments (1 Australian Open, 2 Roland Garros, 1 Wimbledon and 1 US Open) and became one of ten players in history to have completed the Career Grand Slam, a milestone reached on 9 June 2012 with the victory of his first Roland Garros.
She also boasts 36 singles tournaments, including the WTA Finals in 2004, and twelve Premier category tournaments. She has occupied the first position of the world ranking in singles on five different occasions, for a total of 21 weeks, becoming the first Russian player in history to lead the top of the rankings.
She became number one for the first time at age 18 on 22 August 2005 and for the last time in July 2012. She has been awarded the ESPY Award for best tennis player five times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014).