Roger Federer admits 'end is near' for his career, announces he'll miss Australian Open and likely Wimbledon

After almost twenty years atop the video game, Roger Federer is concerning terms with his tennis death. The 40-year-old revealed he’ll be not able to complete in January’s Australian Open and would be “incredibly surprised” to return in time for Wimbledon in 2022. 

Federer is recuperating from August knee surgical treatment, his 3rd treatment in a year and a half. His last look was a quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz in July’s Wimbledon quarterfinal. The Swiss star revealed he would undergo his newest surgical treatment a month after Wimbledon, hoping it would provide his go back to the trip a “glimmer of hope.” 

In an interview with Tribune de Genève, Federer detailed what his perfect return would appear like — and confessed will not be a prolonged one. 

“Even if I know that the end is near, I want to try and play some more big matches,” Federer stated. “That will not be easy, but I want to try.

“Let’s be clear: My life is not going to break down if I do not play another Grand Slam last,” added Federer, who underwent two right knee surgeries within five months in 2020. “But that would be the supreme dream — to return there. I wish to see one last time what I’m efficient in as an expert tennis gamer.”

Federer’s 20 significant songs champions are connected with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the most ever. He declared 8 at Wimbledon, 6 at the Australian Open, 5 at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open. But while completion of Federer’s profession would make it much easier for Djokovic to pass him on the all-time majors list, the Serbian isn’t rooting for it to come at any time quickly. 

“Obviously, Roger is an icon of our sport, and people around the world love him,” Djokovic stated Wednesday. “They love watching him play; they love seeing him around. He is very important for our sport, on and off the court. So for the sake of our sport, I sincerely hope that we can see him play, at least another time.”

Federer stated he prepares to resume running in January and go back to the court with “complex support” in March or April. That timeline would hold him out of January’s Australian Open and most likely May’s French Open and July’s Wimbledon. 

Whenever his return comes, however, Federer wants to make it remarkable. 

“My ambition is to see what I’m capable of one last time,” Federer stated. “I also wish I could say goodbye in my own way and on a tennis court. That’s why I give my all in my rehabilitation.”

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