While his chances of playing the now-delayed Australian Open somewhat dicey, former Swiss Olympic champion Marc Rosset has little doubt that Roger Federer will be taking aim at Wimbledon next summer.
The 50-year-old who won 1992 Barcelona gold told Switzerland’s RTS television that Federer, with whom he is in contact, may be in doubt for Melbourne – but certainly not for the All England Club.
“I still think he’s going to play again,” the winner of 15 ATP titles said. Federer has spent most of 2020 rehabbing after two knee operations, perfect timing for the COVID-19 season which turned tennis on its head.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion said at the weekend he remains undecided about whether to travel to Australia for a scaled-down, quarantined Open from February 8 which will require two weeks of hotel-room isolation..
“Frankly, when you see the constraints imposed on players – plus fewer spectators – you wonder if he really has to take risks by going there,” Rosset said.
“He feeds on emotion from fans and would not take the same pleasure in these conditions – and without his family by his side.
“Roger never divides family life and tennis. It is a whole.
“He will not choose on. or the other. At 39, he may have something else to do than go to Melbourne in such conditions.”
TV commentator Rosset added: “Everyone knows that with what he has experienced this year, everything will be very complicated for him
“He might as well wait to get back into form and come back this summer. First at Wimbledon, his favorite ground, then at the Olympics, where his equipment supplier (Uniqlo) awaits him. “
Rosset added: “If it takes more time for Federer, it’s not the end of the world.”
Main photo:-Roger Federer with his 2010 Wimbledon Trophy – by Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd