roger federer has spent the last few years of his career battling an ongoing knee injury. He said Saturday that he won’t be participating in any tournament until at least the late summer, according to AP News.
Although disappointing, the news isn’t necessarily a surprise to tennis fans. Earlier in the week, Federer’s coach Severan Luthi said that he does not expect the Swiss star to be ready to compete in Wimbledon 2022. The tournament will begin on June 27 and end on July 10, right at the beginning of summer.
Federer will miss out on the opportunity to win his ninth Wimbledon title. He last won the England tournament title in 2017.
The tennis star last competed in Wimbledon 2021, where he was knocked out of the quarterfinals by Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz. After his early exit from the tournament, the 40-year-old said that he further injured his knee and underwent a third surgery to repair it in August of 2021. He had the first two arthroscopic procedures done in 2020.
Federer did not say whether or not he plans to participate in the U.S. Open, set to begin August 29. If he does compete in the tournament, Federer will have the chance to win his sixth U.S. Open title. The Swiss star hasn’t won the U.S. tournament since 2008.