Coronavirus: Roger Federer reveals how he’s practising at home
Roger Federer says he will make a decision on his retirement at the end of the season and it will be based on a combination of how his body is holding up and his results of the year. The 39-year-old has been struggling to recover from knee surgery which he underwent last March.
Federer will miss next week’s Australian Open and not return to action until March 8, when he plans to enter an ATP 250 tournament in Doha.
The Swiss star’s recovery from his operation is taking longer than originally scheduled. His main aim is to be fully fit for this summer’s Wimbledon tournament and Olympic Games.
Federer will be 40 come the end of the season and he has been tipped to retire for many years.
However, if he is not able to compete for the biggest trophies this year then he may call him on his illustrious career.
“My biggest wish is to finish my career on my terms,” Roger Federer told SRF.
“As I’ve said before, it doesn’t have to be a fairy-tale ending, it doesn’t have to be a Wimbledon victory, and then I’ll walk away.
“The most important thing for me is to be completely healthy again. And of course, that the fans can return to the stadiums. I followed tennis the last few months with melancholy.
“I haven’t set a specific date for the end of my career. We will now give it a go.
“For now, the goal is to play for the whole season. Then we’ll see how my body has reacted and how the results were.
“I just hope that everything will go well with the knee. I still have many wishes. I will just give it my all.
“I hope I can give the fans beautiful victories again and some beautiful emotions.”
Speaking about skipping the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne, Federer added: “I’ve been thinking for a long time about when and where to come back.
“Australia was a touch too early because of my knee.
“That hurts. It’s one of the places where I love to play the most.
“I wanted to make my comeback at a smaller tournament so that I wasn’t fully in focus and where the stress is also a little less.”
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