Can tennis do without its biggest star, Roger Federer? No, especially with the young tennis players who today tread the international scene. Lacking the charisma, charm and talent that Roger has been unleashing for years.
Thanks to Roger we had his biggest rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: the three have rewritten – and are rewriting – the history of the Game, year after year. Without Federer, who will probably leave tennis at the end of 2023 (at least as he just said a few days ago the Swiss), the rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also disappears. The Big 3, together, reflect themselves of light, illuminating the tennis court.
What young tennis players lack today is precisely that exceptional charisma: a talent that cannot be acquired.
In the last few hours Roger spoke again and made reassuring statements to RSF Sport about his tennis future: “The recovery is proceeding very slowly. I was operated on at the end of August 2021 and we already knew the difficulties of this situation.
I kept asking myself the reasons for this slowness but by now I understand that I can only be patient. I’m making steady progress and hitting the gym 5-6 times a week. Now my goal is to be ready for Basel and the Laver Cup.
To recover the condition I have to be patient, in the coming months I will have much more information, now I am concentrating only on physical fitness and I am trying to improve. Tennis? It’s early for now, I’ll train when the time comes.”
Waiting to know the date of his eventual return, Roger’s ranking fades slowly. Today and after 22 years Roger Federer is out of the world Top 50 for the first time.
The Swiss tennis player has not played since Wimbledon 2021 and after the London tournament he will lose all his Atp points, definitively exiting the world rankings. Roger entered the Top 50 on June 12, 2000 and left this group today after more than two decades, mostly in the top positions.
In the last three seasons, the Swiss champion has played a few matches, conditioned by various surgeries that have slowed his rise. The pandemic has also slowed his recovery time even further and by now, at the age of 41, Roger is in the final stages of his extraordinary career. All tennis fans but also professionals are curious to understand if the tennis player will return and in what conditions in the Tour.