Roger Federer stated Sunday he hopes to play Wimbledon “yet one more time” regardless of being sidelined for a yr with a knee harm. “I hope I can come again yet one more time. I’ve missed it right here,” stated the eight-time champion as he attended a particular ceremony to mark the one centesimal anniversary of Centre Courtroom. The 40-year-old winner of 20 Grand Slam titles has been out of motion since a quarter-final loss on the match in 2021 earlier than present process one other bout of knee surgical procedure.
He plans to return to motion on the Laver Cup in London in September after which participate in his house match at Basel.
“I knew strolling out right here final yr, it was going to be a tricky yr forward,” stated Federer, who acquired a standing ovation when he entered the courtroom.
“I possibly did not assume it was going to take this lengthy to come back again — the knee has been tough on me.”
Federer, wearing a darkish go well with, was certainly one of a number of Wimbledon champions on the ceremony that preceded the programme of matches on center Sunday, established from this yr as a everlasting function.
The Swiss star broke via at Wimbledon in 2001 along with his well-known win over Pete Sampras earlier than lifting the primary of his eight titles two years later.
“I have been fortunate sufficient to play plenty of matches on this courtroom,” he added.
“It feels awkward to be right here in the present day in a distinct sort of position however nice to be right here with all the opposite champions.
“This courtroom has given me my greatest wins and my greatest losses.”
Federer was joined on the ceremony by two males answerable for a few of these highs and lows — six-time champion Novak Djokovic and two-time winner Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic defeated Federer within the 2019 last, the longest ever on the match, which stretched over 5 units and virtually 5 hours.
“I really feel extra nervous now than after I’m taking part in,” stated Djokovic, who will probably be again on Centre Courtroom later Sunday for his last-16 tie in opposition to Tim van Rijthoven.
“This courtroom has been really particular from my childhood and the primary picture of tennis I’ve seen, after I was 4 or 5 years previous I noticed Pete Sampras wining his first Wimbledon.
“That is the place desires come true and I used to be blessed in 2011, in all probability the spotlight of my profession, to win the match and so after I step out on this courtroom I relive these recollections. Actually an honour.”
Different previous champions included Billie Jean King, Margaret Courtroom, Petra Kvitova, Martina Hingis, Chris Evert and Venus Williams.
Males’s winners included John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Andy Murray and Goran Ivanisevic.
Nonetheless, nine-time champion Martina Navratilova was unable to hitch the parade attributable to testing optimistic for COVID-19.
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