Roger Federer Says He Won't Rush to Return to Tennis After Knee Surgery

Doric SamSeptember 26, 2021

Switzerland's Roger Federer leaves the court after losing to Poland's Hubert Hurkacz during the men's singles quarterfinals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali

Tennis legend Roger Federer is in no hurry to get back on the court.

After undergoing knee surgery last month, Federer said he doesn't plan on rushing his recovery.

"I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the side steps and all the agility work," Federer said. "And then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court."

Federer said it will be "a few more months" for his recovery and he plans to assess where he's at early next year.

"I've got to take my time," he continued. "I don't want to rush into anything at this point."

At 40 years old Federer is currently tied with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic with 20 major titles, the most of all time among men's tennis players. Federer had two operations on his knee in 2020 that kept him out for most of the year.

Federer's return in March was cut short after suffering another knee injury during grass-court season, which led to the surgery in August.

Federer reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon but lost in straight sets to 24-year-old Polish player Hubert Hurkacz, failing to win a game in the third set. It was the first time in 19 years at Wimbledon that Federer lost in straight sets and just the second time since 2000 that he lost a set 6-0.

While attending this weekend's Laver Cup, an exhibition event he co-created, Federer was seen moving around on crutches. He gave no indication that retirement was on the horizon.

"This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on," Federer said. "There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I'm really happy."