Roger Federer’s future is dense with clouds after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati. The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles.
His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year. Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn’t want to leave him alone.
The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz. The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.
A few days before his 40th birthday (which was yesterday), his parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to ‘Blick’ magazine.
Federer will skip the National Bank Open 2021
“Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically.
I believe he clearly received certain traits from me. It’s hard to say otherwise,” Robert said. “From me, he very probably received the discipline and the desire to move. Perhaps also talent with the ball,” Lynette said.
At the end of the interview, Robert and Lynette were also asked whether they ever expected the Swiss to play when he was 40 years old. Lynette, on her part, admitted that she didn’t expect it, but insisted that it did not come as too much of a surprise considering Roger Federer was still in relatively good shape.
“No, not really. But he certainly follows his instinct and his love for the sport. In addition, her body has coped with repetitive strain relatively well over the past 25 years,” Lynette said. Robert added that Roger Federer “still lives for tennis” before lavishing praise on his son for the effort he has made to recover from his knee injury.
“It’s great that he still lives for tennis. And did you see that he undertook and all the efforts he made to rebuild himself after his injury? It is truly admirable. Roger is living his dream. We accept it and do not intervene with it,” he said.
Federer recently announced that he’ll skip the National Bank Open 2021. Interestingly, he won’t play at the Cincinnati Masters this year either, which means he won’t get a lot of experience before the upcoming Grand Slam.
The Swiss Maestro cited that he hasn’t fully recovered from his knee injury yet and thus will not play at the two Masters 1000 tournaments.