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“Things are moving slowly” – Roger Federer gives an update on his return to pro tennis

The 20-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one hasn’t played since a quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon almost a year ago.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 12 June 2022 4:46 pm

Roger Federer

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on Saturday gave an update on his injury and said “things are moving slowly” in his attempt to recover from knee surgery. The 20-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one hasn’t played since a quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon almost a year ago. 

Since then Roger Federer has undergone a third surgery on his knee. Similarly, his world ranking has fallen down to 50, his lowest in 22 years. Federer told Swiss broadcaster that he “plays from time to time” with his four children, but “things are moving slowly”. He said, “I had surgery at the end of August and people ask me ‘So, how does it look?’. And each time I have to answer that it will take a little more time.” I just have to stay patient, I’m making constant progress.”

“He won’t rush back this time,” Godsick 

Roger Federer’s agent Tony Godsick gave an update on the 40-year-old’s return to pro tennis in May 2022. He talked about how Federer isn’t trying to rush and is waiting for the betterment of his body towards the game shape.  

Godsick said, “He (Roger Federer) won’t rush back this time. He will have to be 100% and know he’s 100% and that’s why he’s taking his time doing heavy rehab and training. It’s not just when knee feels good but building up the muscles and getting lungs back. I know he’s encouraged where he is.”

“Laver Cup is enough time (away) that, if all goes well with rehab events, he can get back for,” Godsick

He then addressed how he isn’t trying to push Roger Federer in any way and hopes that the Swiss star returns towards fall. “I don’t want to be the doctor but what I hope for him is to able to have a great rehab this summer, play some in the fall and give a nice shot at 2023, and then see what happens. I haven’t talked to him about that,” he added.

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