20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has casted fresh doubts over his future in the sport, with him yet to return to the practice court due to injuries.
The former world Number One has not played since losing comfortably against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, the same match that aggravated the knee injury that he had been suffering from for quite some time.
After pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics and the Masters series events in both Canada and Cincinnati, there are doubts over whether he will be fit enough to play in the final Grand Slam of 2021.
This seems highly unlikely, as the 40-year-old is still recovering from the same knee injury he sustained at Wimbledon.
Speaking with Swiss-German news outlet Blick, Federer said “I haven’t done anything for a long time because of my knee”.
He added that after Wimbledon he had “to let everything sink in first”.
A return seems to be increasingly improbable, with the former doubles Olympic gold medal winner claiming that his future is a ‘little uncertain’.
“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.”
Reports have claimed that Federer has been resisting the call for retirement for some while, as he hopes to win even more titles over the rest of his career in the sport.
However, this recurring injury could be leading to him considering his options as the Australian Open is still a long way away, with it set to be held in January 2022, and with mounting fitness issues, the chances of him participating in it could be slowly decreasing.
Federer has had a very long and distinguished career in tennis so far, with him turning professional in 1998, and since then he has gone on to win 20 Grand Slams, a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, and several other titles.
He has also won 103 ATP singles titles, the second-most wins of all-time, only behind Jimmy Connors, with the Swiss also winning a record six ATP finals.
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