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Lüthi gives update on Roger Federer’s progress – “I can’t imagine him playing at Wimbledon right now”
In an interview with Tages-Anzeiger on Wednesday, Severin Lüthi gave news of Roger Federer.
It has been eight months already since Roger Federer, beaten by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, has set foot on a tennis court in official competition. Ahead of the Davis Cup meeting between Switzerland and Lebanon this weekend, the Tages-Anzeiger, the country’s daily, contacted Severin Lüthi, captain of the Swiss team and co-coach, with Ivan Ljubicic, of Federer.
“He (Roger Federer) is still in the rehabilitation phase,” Lüthi said. “He can always do more and is actively working. In addition to the leg muscles, for his knee, he strengthened his whole body.”
If he has not yet been able to resume physical training with Pierre Paganini, the Basel native with 20 Grand Slam titles is close to finding the pleasure of hitting.
Actually, I can’t imagine him playing at Wimbledon.Severin Lüthi, on Roger Federer
This week, he is likely to hit the ball with Mirka, his wife, former 76th player in the world, said Lüthi, who added: “The main thing for him is to take things slowly.
Wimbledon not looking likely
In November, the 40-year-old champion said he “would be incredibly surprised to play Wimbledon.“
This is a finding confirmed by his coach, though he doesn’t completely rule it out.
“Currently, I also don’t see how he could play at Wimbledon,” Lüthi told Tages-Anzeiger. “I am not the one who says: impossible. But I can’t imagine it right now.”
For the moment, the only notable announcement concerning playing was made by Roger Federer regarding his participation at September’s Laver Cup. In London, at the end of September, he notably plans to play doubles there with Rafael Nadal.