20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer took to Twitter to reveal the Federer family has another member – a dog named Willow. Federer has been sharing positive news in recent time as his recovery from a knee surgery is going well and he should return later this year.
On Sunday, Federer shared more positive news. “We gave in, but we couldn‘t be happier. Welcome to the family Willow,” Federer wrote in a Twitter post.
While Federer is happy to have a new member in his family, he admitted he would absolutely love to be at the French Open.
“Good, you know, it’s been. I mean It’s not going good, but I am happy with my progress. I wish I could be playing the French Open right now and or any other tournament for that matter, but it is going to take some time.
Unfortunately, my knee has been playing a bit funny the last couple of years, but I am doing really well. Family is good. Everybody is fine, so everything is great actually,” Federer said of his recovery.
Federer to return likely in September
Federer has been confirmed for two events so far – the Laver Cup in September and an ATP 500 event in Basel, which is scheduled for October.
Federer, who will be turning 41 in August, wants to retire from tennis on a proper way. “I know Roger well enough to know that he still has the flame burning to compete,” Federer’s agent Tony Godsick told inews.co.uk.
“His real motivation is to come back to compete on the ATP tour and sort of try to end his career, the way he wants to end it healthy and successful and on his terms”. Federer hasn’t played in nearly a year as he has been out since 2021 July. Federer underwent a knee surgery last August and there isn’t a big chance of seeing him at Wimbledon this year.
Simona Halep’s doping ban issue was very tangled. An issue which revealed by the presence of FG-4592 (Roxadustat, an inhibitor that increases the endogenous production of erythropoietin and stimulates the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells) in one of the two samples presented by the champion in the course of the American review, which ended with a three-set knockout against world number 124 Daria Snigur in the first round.
It is a case of enormous significance, involving a former world number one, currently in the top 10, and with her gold roll of one victory at Wimbledon and one at the Roland Garros. Was the hiring voluntary? All aspects that the investigations will have to clarify in the coming weeks.
“From today I am fighting the biggest match of my life, the one for the truth, I will fight to the end to prove my innocence.” the message with which the Romanian announced the opening of the case. The Professional Tennis Players Associations takes a position in the affair involving Simona Halep: “We are committed to guaranteeing a fair memory and a complete process.”
Novak Djokovic and PTPA line up alongside Simona Halep
From there a progressive growth, with more than 500 associated members in the two world Tours. Inevitable, as mentioned, a stance in the Halep affair, aimed at the most absolute transparency in the decision-making process that will lead to the attribution of any faults.
Behind it all, of course, Novak Djokovic, founded in 2019 by the organization. The world of tennis has been at the center of a huge media fuss for three days after the positive emergence of a doping control by Simona Halep, carried out during the last US Open.
“The PTPA is committed to ensuring that Simona Halep, and every player, has a fair appeal and a thorough trial. We will fight for her rights and we will try to defend fairness and transparency for all players,” the message published on the organization’s social platforms.
The Professional Tennis Players Associations entered the scene, the association founded in 2019 by Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic in open dissent with the ATP, judged to be lacking in protecting the interests of the players.