2020 was a fairly unfortunate season for Roger Federer, who recently underwent double surgery on his right knee and won't see himself on the court again until early 2021. During his long hiatus from tennis, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has continued to train together with his historic coach Severin Luthi, who appeared quite confident about the chances of seeing the Swiss in excellent condition at the Australian Open 2021. The former World number 1 could also play another tournament to better prepare the Happy Slam. Tennis Channel invited four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier and legendary Martina Navratilova, who analyzed the longstanding relationship between Federer and Luthi. The 39-year-old from Basel has collaborated with Stefan Edberg, Paul Annacone and Ivan Ljubicic over the past few years, but Severin has remained a constant presence in his box.
Courier on Roger Federer
"You want someone to tell you the truth, because often times when you are a top player people don't," Jim Courier said. "They are afraid, they coddle you. You want someone who can break it down when you're not doing it right and point you in the right directions. That's what you're paying them for. You can have all the yes people around you in the world, you want someone as a no person." After that record-breaking Cape Town encounter against Rafael Nadal, Roger announced a knee surgery, planning to get back on the court in June in Halle and Wimbledon. The coronavirus pandemic had halted the tennis action in March and it was a perfect opportunity for the Swiss to continue from the same position as his rivals once tennis would restart. Instead of that, his knee pay didn't want to go away, requiring another surgery in May and deciding to skip the rest of the season and get ready for 2021. At 39, Federer will try to reproduce the 2017 comeback and fight for the notable titles again, eager to extend his career and stay competitive for at least one more season. Roger Federer is also the highest-earning athlete in the world. The likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka are other tennis players on the Top-100 celebrities list. Federer also became the first tennis player ever to earn the top spot among athletes. Federer earned a mammoth $106.3 million from June 2019-May 2020, which is the period under consideration. He has not played a tournament since the Australian Open in January this year. However, his wide range of lucrative endorsement deals brought him the earnings.