Roger Federer news: Swiss superstar outlines plans for return later this year
Switzerland’s Roger Federer claims he is plotting to return to the ATP Tour in either late summer or autumn 2022.
Reporters caught up with Roger Federer while he was attending a Super-G ski event where he revealed he is still some way off a return to the court.
Federer is carefully nursing his right knee back to health having undergone a third procedure on the troublesome joint in just 18 months back in August 2021.
While he is unlikely to be back in time for Wimbledon, Federer hopes to make his return at the end of the summer or early autumn, which could mean he might be back in time for the US Open, which starts on 29 August.
“It will certainly be a while,” he told SRF TV.
“The end of the summer, early autumn, where I’m aiming for a comeback.”
Despite the long lay-off Federer is confident of making a return and feels he has made the right choice.
“It’s [the knee] fine. Much better. Obviously, I was on crutches for two months so you have to start from the bottom,” Federer said.
“It was certainly the right thing to do, the knee wasn’t right after Wimbledon [last year], so it couldn’t go on.
“Currently I’m in three parts. First the whole rehab, getting back on your feet at the beginning. Then afterwards, learning to walk and building up the whole thing.
“It’s only now where I’m at the phase where I can start thinking about my comeback.
“I had a very good MRI a few weeks ago, which makes me feel very positive.”
Federer has not featured on the ATP Tour since his quarterfinal exit from Wimbledon last season. In that time, he has seen his record number of Grand Slam victories equalled and eclipsed by his two closest rivals.
While it appears likely that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be at the French Open and Wimbledon, world No 1 Daniil Medvedev’s participation is up in the air along with all his Russian compatriots and players from Belarus.
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