Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis legend, has stated that he intends to recuperate from his most recent knee surgery and return to the ATP circuit next season.
“How, why, and what to do, I don’t yet know,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one told Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger in an interview published on Sunday.
Federer, who turns 41 in August, has not played since losing in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon over a year ago, and his current knee operation was his third in 18 months.
“I’m eager to see what happens next,” Federer added. “But I’m not discouraged; I’ve already gone a long way. I’m not far away. The next three or four months will be critical.”
Federer told Swiss television SRF on Saturday that he is “now focused on (his) physical condition, so that there is no overload,” and that he attends to the gym “five to six times a week.”
He hopes to return to competition in the Laver Cup in London on September 23-25, followed by his home event in Basel on October 24-30.
Federer, who has won 103 championships in his career, will play only 13 matches in 2021 and six in 2020. He is now rated 50th in the ATP rankings, the lowest he has been in 22 years.