“Don’t Think We Are Going to See Him in Australia”: Tennis Great Sparks Concern Over Roger Federer’s Return

Published 10/12/2021, 11:58 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland attends a press conference in the Main Interview Room court after losing his men’s Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Joe Toth – Pool/Getty Images)


Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has been inconsistent over the past couple of seasons. Ever since he lost in the Australian Open 2020 semifinal, he has barely played much tennis. Significantly, a lot has got to do with his age and fitness. 

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After undergoing two knee surgeries during the previous season, Roger Federer made a return this year but could only compete in two of the four Grand Slam events. He appeared at the French Open but could not complete his outing due to lack of match fitness. At the Wimbledon Championships, he was bageled out in the quarterfinals, which undoubtedly came as a shock to many. 

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Former doubles legend has low hopes from Roger Federer

Recently, former doubles legend Todd Woodbridge spoke on the prospect of seeing the Swiss maestro enjoy Grand Slam success once again. The multi-doubles Grand Slam winner was doubtful of seeing the 20-time champion win a Major at the age of 40, having undergone several knee surgeries in the recent past. 

Speaking on this subject, Woodbridge stated, “Highly unlikely. If he were to win one, I think the only one that he would be able to get through is Wimbledon. He’s had another knee surgery … he’s not going to be out on the court for a while. I don’t think we’re going to see him in Australia (in 2022).”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

The former Australian player was not sure if we would see Federer appear in Melbourne next year. It would not be fitting to consider Roger going all the way and winning the French Open either. His best chance is at the Wimbledon Championships, but winning seven matches in a row seems unlikely. 

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The 50-year-old further added, “He’s not going to win at the French Open, and he’s 40 years of age. I think Roger’s going to come out and play some nice matches, but winning seven matches to win a slam, I don’t think we’re going to see that.”

Post the Wimbledon Championships this year, Federer has not stepped on a tennis court. He announced the need to undergo another knee surgery, ruling himself out for the remainder of the 2021 season. We hope to see him back on the courts and return to winning ways. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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