For the first time in 25 years, Roger Federer is out of the ATP rankings. The Swiss star has played very little over the past two seasons because of a serious injury to his right knee, which is ruining his final career move.
Despite his age and long rehabilitation, the former world No. 1 does not want to give up and plans to return to the Laver Cup. The lavish exhibition he founded will take place at London’s O2 Arena Sept. 23-25.
The 20-time Slam champion will close his very short season at the ATP Basel, back on the calendar after the last two editions were canceled due to the pandemic. The 40-year-old Helvetic has been overtaken by both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the all-time majors ranking, not to mention that the Serb also snatched from him the record number of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
Fans only hope that the King will be able to end his legendary career with dignity. In a recent interview, Federer confided that he is looking forward to returning to the court.
Federer does not intend to give up
“I know very well that my playing career is nearing its end.
I think about it sometimes, but not too often,” – Federer recounted. “My main goal is to return to playing tennis as soon as possible. I am working hard to achieve that and I think about it every day”- added the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
It has been more than a year since the Master’s last official match played, dating back to Wimbledon 2021. Roger returned to London on the middle Sunday of the tournament to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Centre Court.
“You can’t know in advance how the crowd will react to your arrival. We were all super excited that day, because these are not events that happen very often. You never get used to them. I was quite tense, although not everyone noticed,” – revealed the Swiss legend. According to his words, Federer is expected to play a few tournaments in 2023 as well.