Late Tuesday afternoon, Roger Federer announced that he had suffered a knee relapse during the grass season and that he would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. He is therefore forever erasing his dream of winning a gold medal in singles, with the hope of seeing the Swiss phenomenon on the pitch again by the end of the summer.
The former world number 1 has just returned from the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, a fairly satisfactory result given the ups and downs he has had to face for a year and a half. The loss to 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 giving too many details to the media. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had two surgeries on his right knee last year, but the extent of the problem affecting him has not been disclosed.
The portal ‘Punto de Break’ recently contacted a physiotherapist who works for the ATP, who hypothesized on the type of injury of the Maestro.
Roger Federer announced he suffered a knee relapse
“For Roger Federer’s recovery time it would make me think that yes it could be one of the two.
In the photos we can see that, year after year, Roger has gained a lot of muscle mass in his legs. This suggests he had a lack in the joint and makes me think it could be due to the cartilage, ”he said.
“When he had the operation, they recommended building muscle mass in the quadriceps and this is usually indicated in problems like this.
Cartilage is an area where it is very difficult to recover and becomes very inflamed. If he has now commented that he was feeling pain again, maybe it was because of that.
We are talking about a control disease, that is to say a problem in the joint, and the most logical and most common in these cases is due to the meniscus or cartilage.
The problems it causes after the operation are irritation that swells the knee and causes pain. This makes it difficult, for example, to play one day and then again the next day.
You need recovery because it’s not that you start from scratch, but almost, ”he continues. Federer simply mentioned a “setback” on his knee. It’s a very broad concept, which can range from a simple irritation, which could make you recover in just seven / ten days, or a relapse, which would require you to have surgery again.
The Helvetian admitted in his statement that he wanted to return before the end of the summer. Cincinnati, a tournament he loves to attend and has won seven times, will be played in just one month (August 15) and could be a good place to prepare for the US Open.
As long as his knee pain leaves him. “There are times when you do hyaluronic acid or enriched plasma treatments that help increase space or recover in damaged areas, but like I said, it’s difficult. The knee is a joint that suffers a lot in tennis ”- he concluded.