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Roger Federer has confirmed that he is officially out of the Australian Open but it unfortunately appears as thought it is just the beginning for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Earlier in the week it was revealed that it was “very unlikely” the six-time Australian Open champion would be able to play at Melbourne Park as the 40-year-old continues to recover from ongoing knee injuries.

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It may well mean that Australia doesn’t see Federer playing on our shores again.

But Australia may not be alone, as Federer himself revealed he may well miss out on Wimbledon as well.

Speaking to journalist Mathieu Aeschmann and translated on Tagesanzeiger sports editor Simon Graf’s Twitter account, Federer said he may not be back in time for Wimbledon.

“I would be incredibly surprised if I were to play again already at Wimbledon (2022),” he said. “Australia is not an option at all. But that’s no surprise for me. Even before the operation, we knew that a break of many months would be necessary afterwards.

“I wanted to wait for the first major check-up before making a public statement, and the check-up was very encouraging. I have started a long rehabilitation process in which I put all my heart and soul. But the situation is not the same as in 2016. I have to be patient.”
Roger Federer has been on the sidelines more than the court recently. Photo by Samer Al-Rejjal / Qatar Tennis Federation / AFP
Roger Federer has been on the sidelines more than the court recently. Photo by Samer Al-Rejjal / Qatar Tennis Federation / AFP

After his grass court season, Federer had reinjured his right meniscus.

The doctors also revealed that he will be able to lightly jog in January and slowly return to the court.

He would then be able to return to tennis training in March or April.

Federer also revealed the biggest motivation behind the surgery.

“I had this operation done so that I could ski with my children or play football or tennis in the future,” Federer said. “My primary motivation was to get back in shape for my normal life. But I wanted to approach this rehabilitation with the mentality and body of a top athlete.”

However, Federer also said he expects to be able to come back to the sport at the highest level, despite playing in just two of the four grand slam tournaments this year and three of the seven in held since the beginning of 2020.

In fact, he’s played just 19 matches in the past two years, with a 14-5 record.

And his year ended in August when he revealed he would require a third round of surgery on his knee.

“As far as my sporting ambitions are concerned: I want to see once again what I can achieve as a tennis pro,” Federer said. “I’m fighting for it and I’m very motivated. I feel the support of my team and my family. We all wish that I can say goodbye on my own terms and on a court.

“I have experienced similar challenges many times in my career. Sometimes without the public being aware of it. And even though I know that the end is near, I want to try to play some big matches again. It won’t be easy, but I will try.”

As for retirement: “I think that every athlete should decide for himself. There is no right time to retire. There is only the time that suits each individual athlete. It is a very personal decision.

“I understand the fans’ feelings. It would be easy for me to say, ‘I’ve given a lot and received a lot. Let’s stop here’. But me investing everything to come back is also my way of saying thank you. My fans deserve better than the image of my last grass season.

“My world will not collapse if I never play in another Grand Slam final. But it is my ultimate dream to return once again. And in fact, I still believe in it. I believe in these kinds of miracles. I have already experienced them.”

It comes after Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic said earlier in the week that the Swiss maestro “is 40 and doesn’t recover as fast as before”.

Federer will be 41-years-old when the 2023 Australian Open is held — where it will have been five years since his most recent grand slam victory at the 2018 Aussie Open.

It leaves Rafael Nadal as the only certain starter for the Big 3 of men’s tennis at the 2022 Open at Melbourne Park while world No. 1 Novak Djokovic continues to refuse to reveal his vaccination status.

The 2022 Australian Open will be held under the health mandates surrounding essential workers in Victoria with Premier Daniel Andrews last month confirming only fully vaccinated players and fans will be allowed to attend the event.

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Unbelievable: Maria Sharapova says she got mobbed in the Olympic village cafeteria

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Many players prefer not to stay at the Olympic village as other athletes tend to get a little star struck at coming face to face with high profile superstars. Maria Sharapova got a taste of this herself when she went into the cafeteria at the Olympic village.

Sharapova is the highest earning female athlete in the world and a global superstar. “I’m usually pretty naïve about like people’s knowledge of me, my career, what I’ve achieved,” Sharapova told the press after her first round win on Sunday in London.

“I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I’ve made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn’t walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn’t sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue.”

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Tyson Fury stunned two female fans by partying at their flat after selfie encounter

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Tyson Fury left two fans “star struck” after partying with them for eight hours after they asked the heavyweight champion for a selfie.

The Gypsy King is still celebrating his knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas earlier this month, which saw him retain his WBC title.

Stella, 21 and Kailah, 24, had asked Fury for a picture before knocking back shots with the champ in a bar.

According to the Sun, Stella and Kailah were “starstruck” when meeting the 33-year-old fighter and called him a “perfect gentleman”.

A source told the paper: “Stella and Kailah are normal hard-working girls who went out for a midweek drink and ended up doing shots and dancing with one of the world’s most famous sporting stars.

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“They felt very lucky to be out with him and he was very complimentary to them and they loved his fun-loving personality.

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“He’s a beast of a boxer, but out of the ring he’s a gentle, fun-loving guy.”

The pair bumped into Fury, along with boxing pal Andy Lee whilst out in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.

Outside, they asked Fury for a selfie, which Stella subsequently placed on her personal Facebook page.

Kailah then shared the image with the caption: “Trust me to have no make-up on the day I meet Tyson Fury.”

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After exchanging numbers, Lee made contact with the girls asking them to join them for something to eat.

Stella recalled: “I’m just having a drink in a bar. I’m not looking my best right now to be joining for dinner as I’m in my comfies. I’m heading home but I can get ready.”

The quartet then met back up to drink in Miami Ice Bar, dancing and drinking before the four went to Stella and Kailah’s flat to continue the party.

The report added that Tyson called it a night at around 11.30pm, returning home to wife Paris and their six children.

Fury left the party before midnight to return home to wife Paris
“They had a few cocktails together and were asking Tyson about his boxing career and he really enjoyed being in the company of some down-to-earth girls,” the source continued.

“He might be heavyweight champion, but he’s a man of the people and likes to live as normal a life as possible. They thought Tyson was very charming and he was very complimentary to them.”

Fury has been revelling in his trilogy sealing victory over Wilder, partying in Vegas before making an heroic return to the UK.

His night out in Manchester came hours after he enjoyed a game of bingo in his home town of Morecambe along with A League of their Own stars Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp.

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Novak Djokovic: ‘As much as it hurts me personally…’

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What a way to close the year for Daniil Medvedev. The world number two won his first Grand Slam title a couple of months ago in New York and is now very close to lifting the “Salad Bowl” in Madrid. On his tie against Germany, where he beat Jan-Lennard Struff, he stated: “It’s never easy, it’s Davis Cup.

Although without a doubt, if you look at the scoreboard, there have been only two individual matches, and I have not faced a break ball until the last game of the match. But it is never easy. I have seen Andrey (Rublev) on television, and he has played with great confidence.

In my game, until 4-4 in the first set, my rival was playing at a high level, serving incredible. Then he had a worse game with fewer firsts and more errors and I was able to break his serve. It was the key to the game. In less than six hours we have taken out both games, with freshness for the final and a lot of confidence, “he added in statements taken up by “Break Point.”

Now in the title series, Russia will face dangerous Croatia. Despite the difficulty that their rival could mean, they start as clear favorites. “It would have been special to play Novak Djokovic in the final. He always is.

But this is the Davis Cup. He won his match, but he’s not in the final. Borna Gojo did an amazing job from what I could tell. Huge stuffy in this competition. Since he had won his match, it was known that even if Novak won it would not be easy against the best doubles pair in the world.”

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When quizzed on whether he felt any regrets about continuing to play after the US Open, Novak Djokovic answered in the negative. He always gives his best when playing for Serbia, as it holds special meaning to him and his teammates as well.

The Davis Cup format is cruel according to him, as one singles win isn’t enough and it’s important to win every match and set as it all counts. “Season finished today, so I don’t regret any tournament that I played after the date that you mentioned,” he said.

“I give my best, as I always do, for national team. There is extra meaning and importance for me, for everybody involved. Unfortunately wasn’t to be this time,” he rued. “One singles win is not enough. This kind of competition is cruel in a way because it just requires you to win every single match that you play or every single set because it counts.

I don’t regret anything in life,” he said. “I try to draw lessons from especially the tough moments like this. As much as it hurts me personally and us as a team, these are usually the biggest opportunities to get stronger, to grow, and develop to be even a better person and a player.”

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