Roger Federer turned 40 less than a week ago, receiving countless certificates of esteem from colleagues and friends. Fans of him are eager to learn about his future, made hazy by the recent forfeits at the Tokyo Olympics and the American Masters 1000. Given the circumstances, the former world number 1 could choose not to show up in New York for the last Grand Slam of the season. The US Open will kick off in just over two weeks and the Swiss phenomenon has confided that he has stopped training after being eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. In fact, a relapse in the operated knee forced him to take a break, without too many reassurances about his plans. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has played only five tournaments since his return to the tour last March, having centered the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at the Championships as best results in 2021. In an interview granted to ‘Tennis.com’, the well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey dwelt on King Roger’s incredible longevity.
Federer is still amid his foot recovery
“What struck me about Roger Federer as I researched was how much he embraced all aspects of his profession, and as he hits 40, I think that really has been one of the keys to his longevity,” Christopher Clarey said. “He has a finely tuned negative-energy detector, exemplified by the story you mention about his dentist in Basel. He likes positive people who think constructively.” Clarey explained that Federer maintains a “tight lid” on his personal life, with his coaching team and wife Mirka also following the Swiss’ example. “But as you point out, he (Roger Federer) has a closed-book side, too,” Clarey said. “He has learned the value of controlling the flow of information from his team, particularly from his fitness trainer Pierre Paganini, and has also kept a tight lid on his private life. Unlike say Jelena Djokovic, Mirka Federer is non-existent on social media and essentially stopped giving interviews 15 years or so ago despite being a very strong personality and former top 100 player,” the American added. Notably, the 20-time Grand slam champion hasn’t started any training so far. In addition, Federer is still amid his foot recovery following his Wimbledon quarterfinals loss. Thus, it seems highly unlikely that the five-time US Open champion will compete in New York this year. Once upon a time, Roger Federer won five consecutive US Open titles from 2004 to 2008. Since then, he hasn’t won any in New York.