Roger Federer is expected to return to the tour in September when he teams up Rafael Nadal to play doubles at the Laver Cup in London before playing at the Swiss indoors tournament at home in Basel the following month.
Here’s what Rafa told reporters on Friday ahead of the U.S. Open about his long-time rival and friend Roger:
Of course, super excited to see Roger again on court.
I hope he’s healthy enough to make that happen. Yeah, let’s see. Has been a long period of time without Roger on court, so I really hope that he can manage to be back. But let’s see.
The most important thing at this stage of his career is health and happiness, no?
If he’s healthy enough and happy enough to be back to the tennis tour, it will be amazing. If not, we just can say thanks to him for everything that he achieved.
I am confident that we will keep having Roger for a while. Yeah, I can’t wait to share team with him in the Laver Cup.
Federer has undergone three knee operations in the last two years and has not played a competitive match since his quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at the 2021 Wimbledon.