In the late afternoon on Tuesday, Roger Federer announced that he suffered a knee relapse during the grass season and that he will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics. He therefore vanishes forever his dream of winning a gold medal in singles, with the hope of seeing the Swiss phenomenon on the field again by the end of the summer.
The former world number 1 has just returned from the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, a fairly satisfactory result given the ups and downs he has had to deal with over the past year and a half. The defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz highlighted all his difficulties, further exacerbated by the low number of games played in 2021.
The 39-year-old from Basel has always been very reserved about his physical condition, avoiding providing too many details to the media. The 20-time Grand Slam champion underwent two surgeries on his right knee last year, but the extent of the problem affecting him was not disclosed.
The ‘Punto de Break’ portal recently contacted a physiotherapist who works for ATP, who put forward a hypothesis on the type of injury of the Master.
Federer announced that he suffered a knee relapse
“For Roger Federer’s recovery time, it would make me think yes, it could be one of the two.
In photos we have been able to see that, from one year to the next, Roger has gained a lot of muscle mass in his legs. That suggests that he had a lack in the joint and makes me think that it could be due to cartilage”, he said.
“When he had surgery, they recommended gaining muscle mass in the quadriceps and that is usually indicated in problems of this type. Cartilage is a very difficult area to recover and becomes very inflamed. If he has now commented that he resented it again, it may be because of that.
There is talk of a control disease, that is, a problem in the joint, and the most logical and common in these cases is due to meniscus or cartilage. The problems it gives, after the operation, is an irritation that causes the knee to swell and cause pain.
That makes it difficult, for example, to play one day and then again the next. You need recovery because it is not that you start from scratch, but almost”, he continues. Federer simply spoke of a “setback” on his knee.
This is a very broad concept, which can range from a simple irritation, which could have you recovered in just seven/ten days, or a relapse, which would force you to undergo surgery again. The Helvetian acknowledged in his statement that he wanted to return before the end of the summer.
Cincinnati, a tournament he loves to attend and which he has won seven times, is coming up just one month from now (August 15) and could be a good place to prepare for the US Open. As long as the knee leaves him. “There are times when hyaluronic acid or enriched plasma treatments are done that help increase space or recover damaged areas, but as I say, it is difficult. The knee is a joint that suffers a lot in tennis” – he concluded.
Meghan Markle could ‘trigger alarm bells’ at Palace with leaked Princess Eugenie story
MEGHAN MARKLE’S relationship with Princess Eugenie will “ring alarm bells” after her recent TV appearance, a royal commentator claims.
During her controversial appearance on the Ellen show, The Duchess of Sussex shared a story about a time she and Prince Harry attended a Halloween party with Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank. But royal commentator Neil Sean said this will have worried the Royal Family who are “very nervous about anything getting out to Meghan and Harry”. He said: “As we know, Meghan then decided to describe her friendship with Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack, which goes back quite a long way, seemingly. But that really did trigger some alarm bells for senior members of the British monarchy over here.”
Kate and Prince William tipped for ‘bump in the road’ when Prince Charles King
KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are set to hit a “bump in the road” when Prince Charles becomes King, relationship expert Neil Wilkie has claimed to Express.co.uk.
It comes after the BBC’s royal documentary, ‘The Princes and the Press’, aired on Monday this week.
The film, presented by the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan, reportedly shines a spotlight on the relationship between William, Prince Harry, and the media.
However, it drew a furious response from the Cambridges and other senior royals, who accused the BBC of propagating “overblown and unfounded claims”.
The row is unusual for William and Kate, who usually steer clear of controversies compared to some other royals.
Relationship expert Neil Wilkie has analysed the couple’s relationship for Express.co.uk, tipping them for a “bump in the road” once Charles succeeds his mother, the Queen, as monarch.
The expert claimed that Kate and William, who tied the knot in 2011, have been “fairly plain sailing” in their relationship so far.
However, he said: “The next bump in the road will be when Queen Elizabeth dies, and Charles becomes king.
“That’s going to be the point at which William will have a clearer idea of how many years it’s going to be before he becomes King.”
The Queen has been resting recently after it is thought she was advised by doctors to pare back her busy recent schedule.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch stayed overnight in hospital for the first time in eight years last month as she underwent preliminary medical checks.
Her Majesty’s diary has been cleared of major events, including her appearance at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.
She was also absent from the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph in London after spraining her back.
Charles is sometimes reported to want a slimmed-down monarchy compared to the Queen and is said to be planning a major shake-up of the Royal Family when he becomes King.
Mr Wilkie said: “There’ll be a change in the way in which the royalty governs the country because Charles has got different ideas to Queen Elizabeth.
“So, it’ll be interesting to see whether King Charles just holds the fort for William or whether he tries to be the king that he’s always wanted to be and maybe creates a more difficult handover for William.”
Harry and Meghan backed to ‘reconcile’ with Royal Family as Queen’s reign nearing end
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been backed to “reconcile” with the Royal Family in the future.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties in 2020, in a move dubbed Megxit. Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, relocated to California, to pursue a “financially independent” life away from the Firm.
Since moving to the US with their first child Archie, now two, the couple also welcomed their new daughter to the world.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana was born in June and shares her moniker with her 95-year-old great-grandmother the Queen.
Since the Sussexes move to the US, they’ve not made a return trip to the UK as a family of four.
Harry has returned to the UK on two occasions since stepping away from royal duties, but never with his wife or children in tow.
He returned in April for a short visit to attend the funeral of the late Prince Philip, who died aged 99.
He also returned in July to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana, with his brother Prince William, 39.
Both appearances notably came following the bombshell interview he and Meghan did with US TV chat show host Oprah Winfrey back in March.
During their appearance, the couple made a series of seismic claims about their time as members of the Firm.
Following the interview, a statement was released by Buckingham Palace noting that “recollections may vary” but that the issues would be addressed privately.
Royal historian Dr Ed Owens however has claimed that the Queen’s recent bout of ill-health, and her reign nearing its end, could see the Sussexes “reconcile” with the royals.
He told Express.co.uk: “Harry will definitely be at his grandmother’s funeral when she does finally die.
“And if the relationship between Meghan and the British Royal Family has improved by then, I see no reason why she wouldn’t attend either.
“However, time will tell.”