Hurt my hand at the start of grass-court season, says Roger Federer

Hurt my hand at the start of grass-court season, says Roger Federer

first_imgRoger Federer has revealed that he has been battling a hand injury since the start of the grass-court season. Federer is getting ready for the Basel Open, a tournament he has won 9 times.”I hurt my hand training at the start of the grass season,” Federer told German newspaper Sonntag Zeitung.”It’s had more consequences than I thought. I dragged this pain for about three months.”It’s not an excuse and we’re not going to make a fuss over it. [Sometimes] I felt pain during the first ten minutes of a match warmup. But now I can let go of my forehand normally without thinking of it,” he said.Federer had started the 2018 season with a bang by defending his Australia Open title, his 20th Grand Slam, in January.He pulled out of the entire clay-court season to focus on the Wimbledon where his journey ended in the quarter-finals by Kevin Anderson.Federer also faced a round-four exit at the US Open when he was stunned by John Millman.The 37-year-old has not had a great year this season winning only three titles as compared to 7 in 2017 including two majors — Australian Open and Wimbledon.Federer also said he was not sure if he would participate at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”It seems so far away. I would obviously like to play Olympics at 39 years, but will I be still on Tour at that time time? I do not have any idea,” he said.In the Basel Open, Federer starts his campaign against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img

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