Tennis legend Roger Federer began his return from the multiple knee surgeries he underwent last year in March and then surprised many when he did he retired from the French Open last week after a third-round fiscal victory.
Ahead of next week’s Novente opening in Halle, Germany, the 39-year-old explained Friday that he “would have taken the place they are today,” in terms of his fitness levels, at Roland Garros and has said the start of the track this season is “going the time” as Wimbledon approaches.
“The knee just needs to get extra care, and I hope he also reacts well to the grass,” Federer said, according to Reuters (h / t ESPN). “I will try maybe a little more in practice this afternoon or maybe tomorrow, just to prepare the body for the grass fields, and I hope I don’t have any negative reactions.
“I’m pretty positive about my chances … I’m convinced that somehow I’ll be fine in the coming days. But of course I want to stay without injuries. That’s the most important thing. [thing] right now.”
Wimbledon kicks off on June 28, and Federer no longer has time to build on the all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles he currently shares with Rafael Nadal.