Wimbledon king Roger Federer has only played 19 games since the start of 2020 and an injury means he won’t play in the 2022 tournament

Tennis icon Roger Federer will not be taking part in Wimbledon this year, which means it will be 24 years since he last missed the championship.

Federer, 40, is one of many stars who will not be part of this year’s tournament at the All England Club.

Federer will be absent from the Wimbledon tournament this year

The Swiss star is out through injury and hasn’t played a competitive game since losing 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 to 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals at Wimbeldon last year.

In August 2021, Federer announced he would need surgery on his right knee – his third time under the knife in the past 18 months.

The record eight-time Wimbledon champion had previously undergone right arthroscopy in February and most recently in May 2020.

His surgery has meant he has been absent from several major events, including the US Open and the Tokyo Olympics, and was recently seen on crutches.

Federer plans to return to the court anytime this year, confirming that he will take part in two tournaments.

He will partner with Spaniard Rafael Nadal, representing Team Europe in the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, to be held at the O2 in London in September.

Wimbledon king Roger Federer has only played 19 games since the start of 2020 and an injury means he won't play in the 2022 tournament
Novak Djokovic will look to go one behind Federer this year and win his seventh Wimbledon title

Both will face Team World, which will consist of Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz and Diego Schwartzman, who have all confirmed their participation.

A month later, Federer is set to face off in his homeland, taking part in the Swiss Indoors Basel 2022 tournament at St. Jakobshalle.

So, sadly, this year won’t see one of the greatest sportsmen of all time go head-to-head with the rest in search of a ninth crown.

Federer can relax, however, knowing that his stellar record at Wimbledon is still intact.

His closest challenger, Novak Djokovic, who has six titles to his name, will be looking to close the gap and be just a behind, at the end of the tournament this time around.

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