After the back to back operations on the right knee, Roger Federer has started his preparation for the return to the tennis circuit next year. However, the Swiss coach Severin Luthi admits he hasn’t heard anything about Federer’s retirement plan.
While Federer turned into a professional tennis player in 1998, he has won 20 Grand Slam titles and $129,946,683 prize money in his career. Additionally, he would be skipped the whole 2020 season despite the Australian Open semifinals march.
In a recent interview with NZZ, Coach Severin Luthi made it clear that Federer is now planning about his recovery from injury instead of his retirement.
The 44-years-old coach Luthi explained, “I haven’t heard anything about that yet. The resignation was never a serious issue. But as I said: Roger wants to take his time. We agreed from the start not to let ourselves be stressed.”
Besides, he added, “We have set up a provisional schedule. But it was also clear: We will not stubbornly hold on to this. If Roger needs a few more weeks to set up, he’ll take it. Physical fitness is the basis for playing tennis successfully. He is currently the focus.”
“He(Federer) Will Not Allow Himself To Be Put Under Pressure”- Luthi
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed to next year due to the ongoing pandemic. As a result, Federer has a great chance to play and win a medal as well if he fully recovered before the event. The global event will be held from 23rd July to 8th August 2021 in Japan.
Luthi, talking about Federer’s next year fixture, said, “I think Roger is at a point in his career today where he can take the right to remain flexible and make short-term decisions. We will have to watch closely how his body reacts to the stress of competition.”
The coach went on to say, “Besides, nobody can say at the moment how the pandemic will develop. Yes, like Wimbledon, the Olympics are a fixture for him in the coming season. But at the same time, he will not allow himself to be put under pressure by a single appointment.”
While the 39-years-old Swiss won the Gold medal along with Stan Wawrinka in the doubles event in Beijing 2008, he won the silver medal in the singles event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.