Roger Federer reveals he does “a constant rehabbing” on his knee with his long-time physio. Federer, 42, underwent right knee surgery after the 2020 Australian Open and he had another procedure on his knee in June of that year.
After 2021 Wimbledon, Federer had his third knee surgery in a year and a half. After the third surgery, Federer was hoping to make one final return to tennis but it didn’t happen. Instead, Federer returned for just one doubles match at the 2022 Laver Cup and that’s how his career ended.
“I go straight to the gym [after dropping the children off at school]. I’ve had quite a bit of knee issues, so I’m constantly rehabbing. I haven’t been able to do much cardio — mostly weights, core exercises, exercises for my quad-strengthening.
I have a physio I’ve been with for seven years, and we see each other four times a week. He does treatments, massages, stretching, and he also runs me through exercises,” Federer told the Wall Streer Journal.
Federer at peace with his decision
This year, Federer was a guest at Wimbledon and made his first appearance there as a retired player.
On the second day of this year’s Wimbledon, Federer got to watch Andy Murray and Elena Rybakina, who were in action that day on the Centre Court. When asked by his father if it was difficult for him to just sit there and watch matches, Federer said he felt “happy” being in that position.
“My dad leaned over and asked me, ‘Wouldn’t you want to be on the court right now instead of just sitting here?’ And I was, ‘Oh, my God, no. I’m so happy sitting here.’ I felt very content and at peace, sitting and not playing.
Because a year before [in 2022], when there was the 100th-year celebration of Centre Court, I felt that I maybe didn’t want to be there. It was important for me to be there, but it was a crushing feeling I had, a twisted feeling I had. This year, I was very happy to be back there. And the people were happy to see me happy,” Federer said.