Roger Federer ‘should not compete’ at Wimbledon this year if he cannot significantly raise the level he showed at Halle, says Pam Shriver.
Federer’s preparation for the tournament hasn’t been ideal, with only two matches on grass in Halle before being knocked out by young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion has recently come back from 16 months out of the game due to double knee surgery and despite a successful campaign at Roland Garros, he withdrew in order to protect his fitness ahead of Wimbledon.
Halle should have provided the perfect grass preparation needed, a tournament he has won ten times, however not only did Federer fail to reach the quarters for the first time in his career, he also struggled mentally in his second match and admitted afterwards that he had an ‘unacceptable’ negative attitude.
Now two tennis legends turned analysts are concerned about the 39-year-olds fitness ahead of Wimbledon and his ability to deal with the pressure of expectation if he is not able to reach his usual levels.
“I’m uneasy about him (Federer) for the first time,” Pam Shriver told tennis.com.
“I don’t think he should compete if he’s significantly below ‘Roger Federer level,’ and I thought the final two sets [in Halle] were significantly below that level.”
Chris Evert also added her voice, saying that she is worried both physically and mentally for Federer, but that she still hopes he can achieve some success.
“I don’t know how much he (Federer) has in the tank, mentally,” Evert said.
“I know his body cannot play a full year. He loves the game, though. He hung in, trained hard, went through two surgeries over a year just to keep playing and to try to do well at Wimbledon. I just wish he had more matches going in. He needs more matches.
“I would love to see him go out winning Wimbledon. But if he reached the quarters or semis and stopped, to me he would still be going out on top.”
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