Roger Federer hasn’t played tennis since Wimbledon in 2021 and his agent says the 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to play there at least one more time: in 2023.
He will turn 42 in August of that year.
Federer, 40, plans to return from the latest of his three knee surgeries at Laver Cup in London Sept. 23-25 and then play the Swiss Indoors in October.
“He won’t rush back this time,” his agent Tony Godsick told Standard Sport via the Evening Standard. “He will have to be 100% and know he’s 100% and that’s why he’s taking his time doing heavy rehab and training. It’s not just when knee feels good but building up the muscles and getting lungs back. I know he’s encouraged where he is.
“I don’t want to be the doctor but what I hope for him is to able to have a great rehab this summer, play some in the fall and give a nice shot at 2023, and then see what happens. I haven’t talked to him about that.
Godsick added of Wimbledon: “It was a great effort last year on one leg. And I think he’d like another Wimbledon. That place has been incredibly special to him.”
Federer lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year to Hubert Hurkacz, getting bageled 6-0 in the third set.
At the time he said he wasn’t sure if he would play the event he has won eight times again.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t know. I’ve got to regroup. My goal was always to try and play another Wimbledon. I was able to make it this year, which I’m really happy about. Everything that comes after we’ll have to sit down and talk about it.
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“Of course I would like to play it again but at my age you never know what’s around the corner.”
Godsick said it’s possible Federer — who remains tied with Novak Djokovic at 20 majors and one behind Rafael Nadal — would play sometime before Laver Cup. The U.S. Open, which Federer has won five times, begins in late August.
“Could he add a tournament before then?” he said of Laver Cup. “Maybe yes but more likely after that. He doesn’t want to commit to anything too soon before having to pull out. But the Laver Cup is enough time that, if all goes well with rehab events, he can get back for.”