Roger Federer would be ‘extremely surprised’ to compete at Wimbledon 2022
Roger Federer has given an update on when he could return to competition, citing Wimbledon 2022 as a doubtful possibility.
The Swiss maestro last competed at the grass court Slam, losing in the quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.
He has since undergone further knee surgery in an attempt to make yet another career comeback.
While fans held out hope that Federer could return for the Australian Open at the start of 2022, the 40-year-old has said that is not a possibility.
“Australia is not an option at all,” he said according to Swiss source Le Matin.
“But that’s no surprise for me. Even before the operation, we knew that a break of many months would be necessary afterwards.
“I will be able to resume running quietly in January and resume sessions on the court with complex support in March or April.
“I therefore estimate my return to competition will be in the summer of 2022.”
In addition, Federer admitted he would be “extremely surprised to be able to play Wimbledon.”
The Swiss made his return at the Qatar Open in March 2021 after 13 months out following his exit from the 2020 Australian Open.
He accumulated a win-loss record of 9-4 across the year, reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
In his time away from the court, Federer has slowly been falling down the rankings, currently sitting at 16th.
It will only be a matter of weeks before he falls to his lowest ranking since 4th June 2001 when he was 18th.
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