During an interview with Eurosport, Roger Federer recalled his historical triumph at the 2017 Australian Open. Federer said: "Winning the 2017 Australian Open was undoubtedly one of the most special of my entire career.
I had just returned from a long hiatus and I had presented myself in Melbourne without great expectations. There was a very strong emotional component in those two weeks, heightened by the splendid final against Rafael Nadal.
It is a memory that will remain forever in my memory." In a long interview with the Tennis365 portal, Justine Henin admitted that it will be very difficult for Roger to be competitive again at almost 41 years old. she said: "Everyone hopes that Federer can return to playing at the highest level, but we know it will be very complicated at his age.
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have made tennis history, there is no doubt about it. At the same time, we need to get used to the idea that one day they will stop. That moment is getting closer and closer, especially for Roger."
The last two seasons have not been particularly lucky for Roger Federer. The former world number 1 has played very little due to a serious knee injury, which is ruining the latter part of his immense career. The Swiss star played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses.
The 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard, but his path was abruptly interrupted against Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he was undergoing his third knee operation in 18 months.
King Roger, who had to salute the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, hopes to be back in action this summer. His presence at the Championships is highly doubtful, as Federer himself admitted in a recent interview with Credit Suisse.
Everyone's hope is that the Swiss can treat himself to one last round of the joust before hanging up his racket.
Peng Shuai in the crowd at the Olympics, but how many doubts
Peng Shuai has appeared among the crowd, this time during the Winter Olympics that are taking place in Beijing.
The Chinese tennis player attended the women's Big Air Freestyle Skiing sporting event where she saw her countrywoman Eileen Gu's triumph, winning the first Olympic gold medal in the category. In November 2021, the 36-year-old accused former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli of assault.
Shortly after, the two-time double winner in the slam had disappeared immediately afterwards obviously arousing indignation from both the fans and her fellow tennis players who demanded explanations and reassurances so much that the WTA decided to cancel all tournaments in China.
Even this latest issue, as well as the previous interview with L 'Equipè or even before Peng that she had reassured everyone that she was okay after a video conference with the IOC president, still does not convince.
Fans present on social networks, including prominent human rights activists, are convinced that the Chinese Communist Party is influencing the tennis player and using her as a puppet during the games. Among these the Hong Kong activity Joey Siu who defined everything as an architectonic forcing: "If this isn't a forced appearance staged by the CCP, what is it? Has Peng Shuai always been a fan of winter sports?" wrote on Twitter.
"How often do you see a tennis player making such a high profile appearance at the Winter Olympics? Peng Shuai is clearly not free." The same winner Eileen Gu was asked what she thought about Peng Shuai's situation after her gold medal win.
The freestyle skier avoided the question by saying she was glad that Peng was here and doing her thing again. "Eileen Gu just avoided absolutely a question of what she thought about Peng's situation; she said she was happy to see Peng happy, healthy and doing her things to her.
Impossible question for her, and it strikes the heart of the contrast here," tweeted Bruce Arthur, a columnist for the Toronto Star. Yesterday Peng Shuai gave an interview to L'Equipe, where she denied what she had written a few months ago: "First of all I would like to thank the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and personalities in large numbers who have worried about me," said the Chinese player, who then said she was surprised by the media coverage that the issue generated in the world and, above all, categorically denied the accusations made against Zhang Gaoli.
The story, however, continues to be unclear both because the president of the Chinese Olympic Committee was present during the interview and because the French newspaper had to send the questions by post that it then submitted to the Chinese tennis player.