After missing the better part of the 2020 tennis season due to two knee surgeries, Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, is ready to make his comeback next year.
In a recent chat with German’s Schweizer Illustrierte, Federer said that he’s recovering according to plan and is “gradually” returning to his usual training regime.
“I’m on the right track,” said Federer. “I’m gradually coming back but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself.”
Federer added that he’s optimistic about making an appearance at the 2021 Australian Open in January, where he would pursue his seventh win on the tournament and 21st career Grand Slam.
“At the moment, it looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January,” he added.
Roger Federer’s most recent tournament appearance was also the Australian Open, having reached the semifinals in the 2020 edition of the tournament. Federer sustained a knee injury during the tournament, requiring a procedure to deal with the issue. He later suffered a setback in recovery and underwent another surgery that subsequently ruled him out for the year.
Elsewhere in the interview, Federer also shared his opinion about retirement. According to the 39-year-old, he has been thinking about saying goodbye to tennis a lot but isn’t ready to quit just yet.
“I have been thinking about ideas for about five years,” he explained. “But as long as I am having fun and it’s right for all of us, I’ll keep going.”