During an interview with Sky Sports, former ATP number 162 Barry Cowan talked about Roger Federer and his importance for every tennis tournaments he plays.
Roger has had to contend with a serious right knee injury in the past two years. The Swiss star played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The former world number 1 reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he remedied a resounding beating at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz.
A few weeks after the Championships, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The 40-year-old from Basel started his rehabilitation with the aim of coming back to the court, wanting to give himself one last round of the carousel before hanging up his racket.
The Swiss Maestro is expected to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup, scheduled at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September. In the meantime, his presence at the ATP in Basel has been announced.
Barry Cowan: “Any tournament needs Roger Federer”
Cowan, after learning that Novak Djokovic will be able to participate in the 2022 edition of Wimbledon, explaiend: “I think any tournament needs Roger Federer, as well as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
We hope to see a great Wimbledon tournament this year. I was delighted to hear the news that Nole will be able to come to London, being the defending champion and having played some memorable games on Center Court. If he manages to present himself in good shape, he will be the favorite to win the title.”
Recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates criticized Djokovic for his stance on the Covid-19 vaccine: “I believe a collective effort is needed to get out of this situation. If a figure of Novak’s caliber is firmly opposed to the anti Covid-19 serum, it becomes much more difficult to achieve the vaccination levels we need. I admire Djokovic in many ways, but I don’t share his point of view on the vaccine.”