‘Everything is still a little uncertain’ – Roger Federer casts fresh doubts over his future

Roger Federer in action

Roger Federer has yet to return to the practice court and is not expected to play at this month’s US Open, after he gave a pessimistic update on his fitness levels.

The former world No.1 has not played since losing in comprehensive fashion against Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, where he aggravated the knee injury that has been troubling him for some time.

After pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics and the Masters series events in Canada and Cincinnati, the tennis world was waiting to see if Federer would play in the final Grand Slam of 2021.

Yet that now seems unlikely for the 40-year-old, with the latest word coming from Federer’s camp suggesting the Swiss maestro is still recovering from the knee issue he suffered at Wimbledon.

“I haven’t done anything for a long time because of my knee,” Federer told Blick. “After Wimbledon, I had to let everything sink in first.

“This week, I’ll meet my doctors and my team and then we’ll see what happens next. At the moment everything is still a little uncertain.”

There are suggestions that retirement is still being resisted by Federer, but he must be considering his options as the Australian Open is still some way in the distance and his fitness issues are now becoming increasingly debilitating.