My passion for sports extends to other different games of soccer. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Kobe Bryant or Garbiñe Muguruza. This week I pick up the tennis ball and focus on the latest news about Roger Federer. The Swiss announced, in late February, a “momentary withdrawal” due to problems in his knee.
How did Federer report his knee operation?
“My right knee was bothering me for a while. I was hoping it would be some pain that would end up going, but after a medical examination and discussing it with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland. After the operation, the doctors confirmed that it was necessary and they are confident of a complete recovery. As a result I will not be able to be in Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogotá, Miami and Roland Garros. I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to play again. See you on the grass! ”, Announced Roger Federer on his social networks.
The consequences of Federer’s ‘momentary withdrawal’
Federer’s absence is concentrated in clay courts. These quotes were not among his game priorities. In fact, he only intended to play in Paris. Thus, his agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed it to a communication agency. “As his schedule says, he plans to play only Roland Garros.”
The Swiss will join the ATP circuit in mid-June. If recovery times are met, he will compete at the start of the grass tour in Halle. Curiously, this surface is the one that most punishes the knee.
Roger Federer’s competition
Roger Federer is a record tennis player. 20 Grand Slam tournaments are accumulated in his record. The largest number in the history of men’s tennis. Your injury can harm this figure. Currently, Rafa Nadal, with 19; and Novak Djokovic, with 17; They stalk the Swiss brand. In addition, the Serbian can break Federer’s record in weeks as world number one. The Basel man left the mark in 310 weeks and Djokovic, when the injury was announced, was at 278.
Another one who can benefit is Thiem, who is lurking third in the ATP ranking. A position that will get in the next tournaments.
The current season
In the current campaign, the Basel tennis player has only played the Australian Open. He was eliminated in the semifinal, by Djokovic. The Swiss was already in physical pain. These also caused that it did not dispute the ATP Cup, with Switzerland.
The rest of the season, he is slated to play in Halle, Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, Cincinnati, US Open, Laver Cup, Shanghai and Basel. Also, if he qualifies for the Masters Cup, he would also be in London.
His presence in the Masters Cup is difficult. You can only score points in six competitions. And, for this, in addition, you must have good results in your participations. The Olympic Games and Laver Cup are competitions, which do not distribute points.
To this we must add that it will subtract 3,180 points, for not defending the titles of Dubai and Miami, the final of Indian Wells, the semifinals of Roland Garros and the quarters of the Madrid Open and the Rome Open.
Calculations indicate that Federer would make it to Wimbledon outside of the ‘Top 10’. There are many disadvantages for it to be among the eight best tennis players in the world.
Roger Federer’s sports career
Federer’s sports career can be considered long, compared to other professional tennis players. Next August he will be 39 years old. This fact is due to the low physical demands on the track. His successful play is due to his talent. His last two seasons have been difficult and Federer lacked his characteristic game.
In recent years, the absence in tournaments has meant that he can continue playing until his current 38 years. He himself is aware where his limit is.
Will Federer’s injury advance his retirement?
The two times that Federer has undergone surgery has been by the knee. Both interventions were not considered serious. However, this last mishap comes at the most difficult time, due to its age. And, several sports analysts are suspicious of a return to the tracks, at a competitive level.
In 2013, his back problems didn’t help him either. In fact, the Wilson Tennis brand designed a custom racket for him so that his physical problems did not prevent him from playing at his best level. With it, the ball came out faster, with less effort.
Roger Federer, off the slopes
It is early to find out if Federer’s future is on a tennis court, or if his injury prevents him. But, it is true that the Basel has a cheap insurance in advertising. It is the tennis player that most enters this sector. 77 million euros per year. In addition, its exhibitions have a price that does not drop below one million euros.
Roger Federer, with 103 professional titles, continues six of Jimmy Connors’ 109. The tennis player with the most titles in ATP history. Now it seems an unattainable figure for the Swiss.
The injury is negative news, too, for fans. The Swiss flag is always present in the stands of tournaments. Federer is one of the favorite players by the public of the ATP circuit.
Will it be the end of a historical athlete’s career? Only time will tell.