Federer says he is unlikely to play Wimbledon and will miss Australian Open

Federer says he is unlikely to play Wimbledon and will miss Australian Open

Roger Federer says he is unlikely to play Wimbledon next year and has confirmed he will miss the Australian Open as he recovers from injury.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not played since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July and having more knee surgery.

The Swiss, 40, told Le Matin that he does not expect to return to competition until next summer.

The 2022 Wimbledon Championships begin on 27 June.

Federer said he is determined to return to the top level and retire on his own terms.

Federer is tied with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the race to be the most successful men’s singles Grand Slam champion of all time, and Australian Open organisers would have been hoping to have all three at Melbourne Park for the 2022 event, which starts on 17 January.

Nadal, who has been struggling with a foot injury, has said he will be there, but Djokovic has declined to confirm his presence until Tennis Australia reveals the health protocols for the tournament.

Serbian world number one has not confirmed whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, a prerequisite for entering the country under current rules.

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