Roger Federer has the tennis world in a state of shock and terror after he indirectly alluded to the fact that he may not put in an appearance at the 2021 Australian Open – or any other tournament after that. Federer during an awards-speech at the recent Switzerland Sport Awards made the alarming admission that his body may not allow him any sort of return to tennis in 2021.
Though Federer confirmed himself pressing on with his focus fully on final Wimbledon and Olympics runs, he was quick to add that he may have already played his final match. Federer, who was named Switzerland’s greatest athlete of the past 70 years at the prestigious event, pointed out that if fate were to decide it that way, receiving the award would be a phenomenal way to end is professional career.
The 39-year-old GOAT in February underwent surgery for an injured knee, and ultimately failed to return to the clay court season for 2020. He in June announced the season a dud due to further complications resulting from the injury.
While singling out the Australian Open, Federer admitted that his participation now depended on the outcome of a race against time. Though he said he was curious to see whether the tournament would actually get underway on February 8, 2021, it would certainly be of a great help if indeed he were afforded more time.
His speech, during which he dropped several hints of a strong possibility of retirement, has left many sports commentators fearing the rapidly nearing end of a career.
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