Roger Federer hopes to return to Wimbledon ‘one more time’

But dressed in a suit and tie rather than the traditional Wimbledon white, the 40-year-old was in attendance. center court Centenary celebration on Sunday. As expected, the fans greeted him enthusiastically.

“This court has brought me the biggest wins and the biggest losses. I hope I can come back again,” Federer, who has been out of this year’s main draw for the first time since 1998 due to injury, told the crowd.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 41 next month, was among the former winners who took part in the parade around the famous arena.

The last time he played at Wimbledon in 2021, he survived the shock. defeated by Hubert Gurkacz in the quarter-finals and did not play competitively after that loss as he had another knee operation shortly after, his third since 2020.
Federer last won Wimbledon in 2017.

“I missed it here. I knew that when I left here last year, there would be a difficult year ahead. Maybe I didn’t think it would take so long to get back – the knee was rough for me,” he said.

During his illustrious career, Federer has become synonymous with Wimbledon.

He announced his arrival as a world class player in 2001 by knocking out the great Pete Sampras and continued to dominate at his peak, winning eight times.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of matches on this court,” he added. “It’s embarrassing to be here in a different type of role. It’s great to be here with all the other champions.”

The Swiss great is planning a comeback after confirming earlier this year that he will play the Laver Cup in September and the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland in October.

“It’s been a good year regardless of tennis… I’m happy to be standing here right now,” he said.