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Roger Federer Unlikely For Australian Open, But Retirement Is Not Imminent: Coach

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at November 15, 2021

Roger Federer is unlikely to play the Australian Open in January as he continues to recover from his latest knee surgery, but retirement is not imminent for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, his longtime coach Ivan Ljubicic says.

“Roger Federer is very unlikely to play the Australian Open. He is 40 and doesn’t recover as fast as before. But he wants to compete again and won’t retire all of a sudden,” Ljubicic told Sky Sport TV on Sunday. “We will be able to see Roger again next year. I don’t know when exactly, but he is undergoing rehabilitation. He is recovering slowly, he is not in a hurry.”

Federer, 40, hasn’t played since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz and announced in August that he would be undergoing a third knee surgery.

He’s likely hoping to play at Wimbledon in 2021 if his body is ready.

Darren Cahill, a respected ESPN tennis analyst and the former coach of two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep, initially said he was “pretty sure” Federer would return in Melbourne, but later walked it back by Tweeting “he’s working hard and doing everything possible to play the AO.

Meantime, Rafael Nadal, 35, is expected to return in December in Abu Dhabi and then play the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic’s status for the Australian Open is in doubt due to vaccine mandates in the country. Djokovic has refused to disclose his vaccination status, meaning he would not be able to compete in Australia if proof of a double-jab is required.

“I don’t know if I’m going to Australia, I don’t know what’s going on,” the nine-time champion and world No. 1 said last month. “Currently, the situation is not good at all.

“The media has become…I have no word how to describe it. It spreads fear and panic among people and I don’t want to participate in that rift. I feel that everyone is hostile. I don’t want to give them a reason to write some things about me.”

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