The silence echoing from the Roger Federer camp since his shocking exit from Wimbledon has been deafening and now the announcement has come that may well signal the beginning of the end of his remarkable career.
At the age of 40, Federer has confirmed that he will undergo surgery on the same knee for the third time and while he admits his hopes of a return to the tennis tour may now be forlorn, it is clear that he wants to give himself hope at the end of the tunnel as he prepares for another long rehab.
Le message de Roger Federer à ses fans
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— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) August 15, 2021
“As you can imagine, it’s not been simple since Wimbledon,” said Federer, who left fans stunned as he lost the third set to his quarter-final at the All England Club 6-0 against Hubert Hurkacz.
“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon. That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it.
“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks, and also out of the game for many months. It’s going to be difficult in some ways but, at the same time, I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again.
“I also want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form.
“I am realistic – I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.
“But I want to be healthy. I will go through the rehab process with a goal, while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time.”
This message was delivered by Federer on his Instagram with a tone of resignation in his voice as he knows this is almost certainly the prelude to end of his magnificent tennis career.
“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors on my knee… I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and it’s just not the way to go forward.
“They told me… to feel better [that] I’ll need surgery. I decided to do it.”
Get well soon, @rogerfederer! 💪 pic.twitter.com/SVn0B95VMo
— ATP Tour (@atptour) August 15, 2021
After working so hard to return to fitness ahead of the grass-court season this summer, the injury Federer suffered during appearances at Halle and Wimbledon may be a sign that his body is no longer capable of withstanding the rigors of top-level tennis.
Yet Federer clearly needs time to come to terms with the reality that his story in the game he has always loved with such a passion is finally coming to an end.
His run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals a few weeks before his 40th birthday confirmed this 20-time Grand Slam winning legend is still competitive at the top of the game, but the sands of time catch up with even the greatest in sport.
Federer will tell himself that another comeback is possible in 2022, but that dream will surely be a step too far for a player who has given so much to the game over the last two decades.
This may not be the final farewell to the great Roger Federer, but it certainly feels like the final chapter before that emotional announcement is made.
Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’
KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.
It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.
This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.
The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.
The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.
“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.
“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.
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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.
“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”
A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.
“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”
Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.
Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.
Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’
NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.
Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.
He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.
Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”
The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”
Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.
Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.
Will Andy Murray retire from tennis?
After producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a match played under the centre court lights with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then bowed out of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.
That loss once again raised the matter of his retirement. Murray almost retired once, but fought back from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and in 2019, operations that mean he now plays with a metal hip
t had seemed that the Scot was set to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the other members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion as he had never officially stated he’d hang up his racket. But, it did appear that the end was near.
His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray was able to fight back from his injury nightmare, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March of 2017.
Through a wildcard, he was able to enter Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke ahead of the tournament about how excited he was.
“A few years ago, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play there ever again,” he told GQ.
“So, even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I’ve still been able to play a little bit.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t been at the level that I want as consistently as I wanted to, because of the injuries, but then again before the hip operation I also had come to terms with the fact that I might never play tennis again. So it’s been hard.
“But I’m still excited to be out there and getting the chance to compete in events such as Wimbledon.”
Murray hints at retirement
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the third round, though, Murray was more pessimistic when asked about his future.
“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately I didn’t play how I would want and expect,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.
“So, it’s like, is it worth it?”
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