Like the vast majority of Europe, Roger Federer has been living under the policy of quarantine the healthy, endanger the vulnerable for the last three months, and aside from a couple of appearances on Instagram and Twitter, it's all been very quiet from the Swiss.
However, the 20 time Grand Slam champion gave his first interview of sorts since February when he took part in a live video call with former French Open Champion, Gustavo Kuerten.
The call was part of Guga's charitable campaign called “Winning Together”, which is collecting funds for Brazil during the COVID 19 pandemic and the pair discussed several topics.
You can watch the twenty-minute video of their chat below.
Roger Federer's Video Call
Federer Reveals He's Not Yet Practising
I'm not practising at the moment, I don't see a reason to be honest because I'm happy to also heal the body and I feel like the tour is still very far away. It's important for my mind to catch a break after playing so much tennis. Federer on his decision not to practice yet
Amongst several other little tidbits of information as the two reminisced about some of their matches together, Federer revealed that he's not yet practising as he doesn't see the end goal.
Given the lack of news surrounding a restart of the tour and many fans still under the impression that leaving the house results in certain death, it's difficult to argue with his stance that competitive tennis with full crowds seems a long way off.
Other than keeping in shape and honing some skills, a gruelling practice regime seems rather futile without a restart date.
The Swiss showed in 2016 that tennis isn't a particularly perishable skill. Hence, maintaining general fitness and ensuring his knee is back to 100% looks the more viable option as of right now.
It does, however, raise the question of just how ready for Wimbledon Federer would have been after his knee surgery in March.
Rather than rushing back for the grass, this extended layoff has given him several weeks more healing time ahead of what will presumably competitive tennis sometime in August.
Although the Swiss was less than enthusiastic about the idea of playing behind closed doors:
For us, of course, it is possible to play if there are no fans. But on the other hand, I really hope that the circuit can return as it normally is. And hold off till the time is appropriate, minimum a third of the stadium or half full. But, for me, completely empty when playing big tournaments is very difficult. Federer on playing behind closed doors.
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