Roger Federer, a six-time champion athlete, revealed doubt on his upcoming Australian Open participation. More so, he is worried about the future of his career as he battles to recover from his knee surgery.
Known as the Swiss maestro, Federer had two surgeries on his right knee just this year; one in February and then another last June. Since his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at the Melbourne Park earlier this year, he hasn’t played yet.
During the Swiss Sports Awards, Federer cited that although the Australian Open delayed by three weeks might work to his advantage, he was not yet back to a full healthy condition. It was known at later that the event will likely be held at the beginning of February 2021.
He revealed “I would have hoped I would be 100 per cent by October but I’m not today. It will be complicated for the Australian Open. I don’t want to take the next step until I’m ready. These three weeks could help me a bit.”
He had also indicated that the European summer of 2021 with Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, which were his top priorities, is all on schedule. Suggesting that even the extra weeks of preparation before the Australia Open, he emphasized that it will still be touch and go.
He added, “It’s a race against time for the Australian Open, we’ll see. I’m curious to see if it will start on February 8th. Of course, it would help if I had a little more time.”
He declared that he has been doing a lot a physical work recently so he is still looking forward to how the two months will unfold as he tries to go back to tennis.
In affirmation, he has reportedly been practising in recent weeks yet this phase is much slower than it was in 2016, when he missed the Olympics and the US Open with knee problems, before returning to win the 2017 Australian Open.
He even went to suggest that he might not be able to return at all after bagging the award of best Swiss Athlete since 1950. “I hope there is still something to see from me next year. But if that was it, that would have been an incredible ending for me at these Sports Awards,” he said.
He is still considering competing in the Australian Open, yet, due to quarantine arrangement, should Federer decide to compete in Melbourne his family will not travel with him.