Roger Federer 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 returning to the field, wanting to give himself one last round of the joust before hanging up his racket. The King 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. Speaking to Sky Sports, former ATP number 162 Barry Cowan spoke about Federer and more.
Barry Cowan reflects on Roger Federer
Wimbledon has announced that non-vaccinated players will be able to participate in the 2022 edition, unlike Russians and Belarusians. Barry Cowan, former 162nd in the world in singles and now tennis consultant for Sky Sports, is delighted with the certain presence of the world number 1 in London (from June 27 to July 10). He even sees him lift a 7th trophy on the Center Court. “I think every tournament needs Djokovic, every tournament needs Nadal, every tournament needs Roger Federer, every tournament needs Serena Williams. Hopefully we can have a great positive story at Wimbledon with these players. We have seen Novak play some stunning matches in the past and last year what he achieved again was remarkable. What is positive for Djokovic is that he will feel that he can step up. And for me right now, he would be the favorite for Wimbledon and therefore to win another major tournament,” said the Briton. Federer ranks eighth on the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in 2022 across various sports, according to a newly-released report by Sportico. With a whopping $85.7 million earned during the period of consideration, the former World No. 1 has pipped all other tennis players on this list. The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s $85 million from endorsements is also among the very highest in the world, just behind basketball legend LeBron James.