Roger Federer says it 'feels very strange' watching Wimbledon on the television this year, but he also sees it as an opportunity.
Until this year, Federer had been in the main draw for every Wimbledon played this century as he became Centre Court's most popular, and successful, son.
Injury has denied him this time around, with him undergoing three operations on his knee since February 2020.
He has made one appearance, but it was as a guest in a parade of champions to celebrate 100 years of Centre Court.
However, while it may been strange for the rest of us to be watching a Wimbledon without Roger Federer, he says it feels even more unusual for him to not be there.
“It feels very strange to me not to play Wimbledon this year and to watch it on TV," Federer said. "I've been there every time since 1998."
Whilst saying a few words during Centre Court's anniversary ceremony, Federer confirmed he still hopes to play another Wimbledon before he retires.
That will depend upon how successful his comeback is this year, with him due to play the Laver Cup and Basel towards the end of the season.
In the meantime, though, he says he has at least been able to enjoy a lot more freedom than he has had during his career.
"It is a time of more rest," he said. "I've been on the road for so long that it was also nice to experience a little more calm and to be in one place more often, which already happened due to the coronavirus.
"It gave me the opportunity to be selective in figuring out my travels, to give something back. Many friends always came to see me now."
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