Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to return to action at Wimbledon 2022, slated to run from June 27 to July 10, his coach Severin Luthi confirmed on Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been sidelined with a knee injury since his last appearance at the All England Club in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon 2021. “The main thing for him is to slowly get back in,” Severin Luthi explained Tages Anzeiger before casting doubt over his appearance at Wimbledon in four months’ time. “At the moment I don’t see how he should play in Wimbledon either. I’m not the one who says ‘impossible’. But I can’t imagine it right now,” he added.
Federer had undergone surgery later in September for his long-standing knee injury which saw him miss out on most of his 2020 season. It was, incidentally, the third operation on his right knee as the Swiss said that it will require him patience for a strong return.
“The worst is behind me. I’m looking forward to everything that comes. When you come back after an injury, everyday is better. An exciting time. I went through that last year, it’s not a mental problem,” he told Eurosport.
“I’m feeling actually really good. Things are not as I hoped they would be, but I’m recovering well and the rehab is going really good
“I’ve had no setbacks. I’m feeling strong and excited for what’s to come. I wish I could be back on a tennis court as quick as possible, but I have to be patient.
“It’s a slow period right now and I’ve got to take it step by step. And so far so good. I’m really happy,” he added.
Luthi mentioned Federer is confined to his rehabilitation phase at the moment which includes therapeutic measures such as ultrasound to strengthen his muscles. He, however, mentioned that the Swiss can actively take up more work.
“He’s still in the rehabilitation phase,” Luthi mentioned.
“However, it is not just about therapeutic measures such as ultrasound or ice application. He can always do more, is actively working. Not only the muscles of the knee or leg are built up, but the whole body is strengthened. It’s a real conditioning program.”