Roger Federer’s rehab from a pair of early 2020 knee surgeries is going as well as can be expected. But the 39-year-old Swiss icon is hedging his bets and has yet to officially confirm his return to the courts next January in locked-down Australia for the Open from January 18.
Federer updated the Schweitzer Illustre magazine on his current status after last playing 10 months ago.
“I am going on the right track. I am coming back gradually, without pressure and taking my time,” he said of the rehab programme which began a few weeks ago at home.
But the 20-time Grand Slam winner cautioned: “I will only decide to return to the tournaments when I am 100 per cent physically.
“It loks like I could return for the Australian Open 2021, although it is not yet fully confirmed. I’ll have to see how the recovery goes in the next few weeks.”
He added: “Currently I’m working on my endurance and strength and the truth is that I am doing it without any pain. At least there won’t be any more operations.”
Federer said that any retirement remains in the future, though the gold standard athlete for sponsors said his eye for business could take him into that sphere post-tennis.
“I’m very interested in business issues But I don’t have anything definitive. I don’t want to plan anything yet. “
Federer said that a farewell tour when he finally does decide to hang up his racquet could well be a goer.
“I have many ideas, but as long as I have fun and feel competitive on the circuit, I will continue playing tennis.
“After that, I will focus on my family, my foundation and my sponsors.
“I would like to say goodbye to all countries, going back to many places where I have been. I would like to travel to Asia and South America.
“I liked Mexico, Chile and Colombia and I would like to go again.
“I imagine it will be participating in exhibition matches, taking tennis to places where this sport is not well- recognised.”
Main Photo:- Roger Federer’s last Grand Slam title was 2018 in Melbourne. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd