Speaking to Eurosport, John McEnroe said he would love to see Roger Federer back on the court. The former American tennis champion, said: “It goes without saying that Roger Federer is missing more when there are big tournaments.
We’re talking about the most stylish and popular player ever seen on a tennis court. I would love to see him on tour once more.” The American is not convinced that the Swiss Maestro can come back to high levels: “As for Roger’s future, we must not forget that he is 40 years old.
He has undergone several surgeries in recent years, there is a lot of wear and tear and time is not on his side. It would be frankly unbelievable if he could even come close to his standards. I thought the same thing in 2016 and we all know how it went the following year.
He has already shown that he can accomplish the impossible, which is why it is never easy to bet against him. I just want Federer to be happy. At the same time, I would hate to see him take blows like the one with Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
It’s a process we’ve seen with Andy Murray before.”
What happened to Roger Federer in 2021
A series of physical problems have prevented Roger Federer from playing consistently over the past two years. The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a champion of his caliber. The Swiss had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the last 18 months, a further stop that didn’t prompt him to think about retiring.
The 40-year-old from Basel has recently resumed training and is expected to return to the tour this summer. His presence at the Championships is anything but obvious, as Roger himself admitted some time ago. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, a clear testimony of the end of an era.